Commentary on The Reading of the day provided by:

Saint Ambrose (c.340-397), Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
Commentary on St. Luke, 6, 57-59 ( SC 45)

“If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured”

It is our faith that touches Christ; it is our faith that sees him. It isn’t our body that touches him; the eyes of our nature cannot seize him.

For seeing without perceiving is not seeing; hearing without understanding is not hearing, neither is touching if one doesn’t touch with faith…

If we consider the size of our faith and if we understand the greatness of the Son of God, we realize that, in relation to him, we only touch the fringe; we cannot reach the top of his garment.

Therefore, if we too want to be healed by him, let us touch in faith the fringe of Christ.

He is aware of all those who touch his clothes, who touch him while he has his back turned.

For God doesn’t need eyes to see; he doesn’t have physical senses, but he has in himself the knowledge of all things.

Happy then those who are able to touch at least the borders of the Word: for who can seize it entirely?


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