The plain fact is that Mark delights to dwell on Christ’s touch.
The instances are these: first, He puts out His hand and lifts up Peter’s wife’s mother, and immediately the fever leaves her (1.31). Then, unrepelled by the foul disease, He lays His pure hand upon the leper and the living mass of corruption is healed (1.41). Again, He lays His hand on the clammy marble of the dead child’s forehead, and she lives (5.41). Further, we have the incidental statement that He was so hindered in His mighty works by unbelief that He could only lay His hands on a few sick folk and heal them (6.5).
We find, next, two remarkable incidents, peculiar to Mark, both like each other and unlike our Lord’s other miracles. One is the gradual healing of that deaf and dumb man whom Christ took apart from the crowd, laid His hands on him, thrust His fingers into his ears as if He would clear some impediment, touched his tongue with saliva, said to Him, “Be opened,” and the man could hear (7.34). The other is the gradual healing of a blind man whom our Lord leads, again, apart from the crowd, takes by the hand, lays His own kind hands upon the poor, sightless eyeballs and, with a singular slowness of progress, effects a cure, not by a leap and a bound, as He generally does, but by steps and stages, tries it once and finds partial success, has to apply the curative process again, and then the man can see (8.23).
In addition to these instances, there are two other incidents which may also be adduced. It is Mark alone who records for us the fact that He took little children in His arms and blessed them. And it is Mark alone who records for us the fact that, when He came down from the Mount of Transfiguration, He laid His hand upon the demoniac boy, writhing in the grip of His tormentor and lifted him up. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on Mark 1.41.