Today’s Gospel closes with this, “and as many as touched the fringe of Jesus’ garment were healed.”
It can seem like almost a throw away line. But it tells us a lot about Jesus. By what it doesn’t say. It’s…
Not “as many as completed the application form and were approved.”
Not “as many as were good people.”
Not “as many as were worthy.”
But as many as sought him.
This is the nature of the love of God.
Freely, extravagantly given. Without weighing the worthiness of the beloved.
It’s something that informs not only our relationship with God. But also our relationships with others.
And it was this example given by Jesus that Thomas Merton was following when he said,
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”
Growing out of the same love - freely, extravagantly given by God - that renders us worthy.