This letter is in response to the letter to the editor from Rick Blackstone, Terry Cormier, Claude Culross, Joe Goodson, Errol Lemoine, and John Stuart Jr. I don’t dispute the fact that Jesus proclaims marriage as a covenantal relationship.

I do dispute our response as God’s church to those whose marriages have broken for whatever reasons. I think what Sister Joel Gubler meant in her previous letter is that she cannot imagine Jesus denying his touch. Jesus always healed by touch. And the Eucharist is the kiss or touch of Christ.

Pope Francis says the Eucharist is not a reward for good behavior but medicine and food for sinners. What would happen if we truly welcomed ALL to the kiss of Christ? As a church we should all imitate the father who runs out to greet and welcome his prodigal son home. That just might be the beginning of their communion back to the body of Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus always touched and healed FIRST. If we truly believe that God changes bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, our God is too small when we don’t allow God to use that to transform and welcome everyone. 

Sissy Stephens

Baton Rouge