There are two stories in today’s Gospel, and touch is important to both. In the first story a woman reaches out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. And in the second, Jesus takes the hand of a dead child. There are many Gospel stories which involve Jesus touching people, often people who were considered unclean. Of course, at the moment we are missing out on touch. We can’t even shake hands. My children are living at the other end of the house to my mother. They talk to each other out of the window, but I know that my mother misses hugging them. Touch is powerful. The disciples knew that the touch of Jesus was especially powerful. There were times they brought a sick person to Jesus and implored him to touch them. May we, in our sadness and isolation, be comforted by the touch of the Savior.