Everyone who touches the holy flesh will be sanctified.

[…] The one and perfect sacrifice, which all these sacrifices had anticipated in type and figure, is Christ sacrificed.

If anyone should touch the flesh of this sacrifice, immediately, he is sanctified. If he is unclean, he is healed.

So we can say that she who was suffering from a flow of blood understood that Christ was this flesh of the sacrifice, the flesh of the most holy.

And indeed, she is not bold enough to touch this holy flesh, for she had not yet been made pure and did not apprehend what is perfect, but she touched the hem of his robe with which the holy flesh was covered.

She drew out the power from the flesh by the touch of faith which cleansed her from uncleanness and healed her of the injury that she was suffering.

Does it not seem to you that it is better in this sense to be able to preserve the words of Moses, in which he says Everyone who touches the holy flesh will be sanctified?

For, as we have taught, all of the Gentiles who believed touched this flesh. And the holy Apostle also touched it who said, For we ourselves were once foolish, unbelievers, going astray, enslaved to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hating one another.

But when the kindness and humanity of God our Saviour illumined us, he saved us through the bath of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.

For if anyone touches the flesh of Jesus in the way we explained above, with complete faith, and comes to Jesus just as to the Word made flesh, with all obedience, he has touched the flesh of the sacrifice and is sanctified.

Moreover, he also touches the flesh of the Word about whom the Apostle says, Solid food is for the perfect, who, by their ability to receive it, have trained the senses for distinguishing good and evil.

Therefore, the one who examines the inner realities and can explain the secret mysteries of the Law also touches the Word of God.

If we could teach the Church in such a way that nothing which was read remained ambiguous, nothing was left obscure, perhaps it could also be said about us that we had touched the holy flesh of the Word of God and were sanctified.

Origen Adamantius (c.185-254): Homilies on Leviticus (4:7,3-8,3), from the Monastic Office of Vigils for Tuesday of the 21st Week of Ordinary Time, Year 2.