Touching Jesus: Art and Absence

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Luigi Territo, SJ

 Luigi Territo, SJ / Issue 1802 / 14 February 2018

Contact always generates a twofold transformation, for one cannot touch without being touched. Indeed, of the senses, touch is the most compromising for it represents proximity, violation, relationship and familiarity. All in all, it is the most human and the most mystical of the senses.

In biblical anthropology, “touching” is something that goes beyond the perception of physical contact; in fact, by way of touch, Scripture speaks of purification, healing, forgiveness and desire.

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