The Elephant Man is a play and also a movie based on a real person who was terribly deformed. The man held hands with someone for the first time when a woman takes his more deformed hand in hers. After that, much of the spiritual healing in his life follows this very simple gesture.
Jesus today touches the man’s withered hand and heals him. Conveying the transforming power of God’s love into physical touch only emphasizes the healing power we have to heal those around us with just a simple touch.
Today we pray for healing among those whose spirit needs uplifting.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.