What does the Lord
require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Health & Well-Being for All
We know Jesus frequently healed and provided for individuals as well as small and large groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time. We read in the book of Mark that “there was again a great crowd without anything to eat.” Then Jesus ordered the crowd to sit down; and he took the disciples’ seven loaves, “and after giving thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples … and they distributed them to the crowd. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled … Now there were about 4,000 people” who were fed that day. (Mark 8:1-9)
Jesus is also concerned not just to hand out food, but to teach people how to keep feeding themselves and provide for their sisters and brothers too. He tells the Samaritan woman at the well: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
And at Pentecost, after the Holy Spirit moved among the crowd of people from all nations, they decided to follow Jesus. “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” (Acts 2:41-47) Today too, we must find ways to provide for all people, not just some, and to safeguard everyone’s physical and mental health.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)