Integrity

In today’s health care system, new specializations keep coming up all the time. In hospitals, there are separate doctors and surgeons for almost every organ of the human body. Patients become a subject of analysis and are put through endless investigations of individual body parts.

Jesus was a great healer, but he never analysed people’s problems, he would view them in totality. In the King James Version of the Bible, one finds the word “whole” being used by Jesus very often in his conversations. Jesus did not just heal sick people, he made them whole. “Do you want to be whole?”, he would often ask people, sensing their distress. (John 5:6) Jesus healed people suffering from diverse diseases. Some of them would only have to touch his clothes for it. (Matthew 14:36) But after healing them, Jesus would often speak soothing words like, “Your faith has made you whole… be of good comfort… go in peace.” (Luke 8:48)

Jesus’ healing was wholesome. He did not just cure a particular disease of a particular organ of some one’s body. He also brought relief for the weary soul and the tired spirit residing in that body. In mathematics, a whole number is called an integer and in today’s language, wholeness would mean integrity. To be whole is to possess integrity. A man of integrity is one who not only remains bodily fit but who also looks after the health of his spirit and soul. Such a man has no inner conflicts and is therefore at peace within himself and in his dealings with others.

Many people did not like Jesus in his times nor did they agree with his teaching. Yet they had to admit that he was a man of integrity. (Matthew 22:15-16) If he is to be our role model today, then we have to build up our integrity.

St Paul has drawn our attention to the need for living a three-in-one life. He says, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

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