This is a powerful theme which gets misused. By a refocus on the work of such as Borg and Crossan we see how Jesus’ “healing touch” is actually a powerful social and political transformer. A pointer to the transfiguration?
I came across a sermon from a colleague, David Clark, which meshed with my thinking so I acknowledge my indebtedness to his word crafting.
Remember the Minties ads – “When there’s an oops in your life…” or the other set(another food ad I think!) “Oops, they weren’t expecting that!”
There’s an element of that in the way Mark writes the episode – Just then, suddenly, immediately – (Kai hēn) There is an interruption to what might normally have come next.
What is expected when I preach? Nice comments or rapid action?