“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Peter (John 21: 15)”
Proof of the reality of the resurrection was first seen as testimonies about sightings of Jesus alive, began to pour in. Later, by the Sea of Galilee, a new level of resurrection power became evident. The disciples had fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus calls from the shore to cast the nets on the other side and the nets are filled. Jesus is not just alive; he is now speaking into lives and changing them in new ways. After the disciples recognize him, come to shore with an abundant catch of fish, and fellowship over breakfast, Jesus turns to Peter. Jesus does not want to just be recognized as alive but he now starts to bring new life to his followers. He is now beginning to create a kingdom of people transformed by the reality that he is alive. Jesus gives hope to the tired, food to the hungry but then goes beyond physical needs to the emotional health of Peter. Peter is carrying a load of guilt. He denied Jesus at the trial, three times.
Physical health is important but emotional, social, psychological health is necessary to create a healthy community. Barriers between people as well as barriers within us are as important as physical limitations like exhaustion and hunger. The resurrection is about eternal life but it is also about a healthier life here and now. We can all be riding on the same bus to a destination but if we can’t live together, it is a very uncomfortable ride.
So how do we define health? “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Choose three adjectives that describe each dimensions of health for you today. For example, I might describe physical health as: energy, strength, and good sleep. Choose three of your own words to describe each dimension: physical, mental, social. This is a good place to start prayer for yourself…and for the other with whom you are traveling. God bless you on your journey.