Health Care

May 19th, 2017

Group Reading

There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy’.

One- The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. All- The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved.
One- The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow.
All- And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution. Steven Covey

Quotes & Readings

“Jesus challenges how power is distributed in the “health-care” and “criminal justice” systems, respectively, within Second Temple Jewish culture. The social map at that time consisted of two, mutually reinforcing codes: purity and debt. The purity code, adjudicated by priests, established what was clean and unclean in order to maintain ethnic group and class boundaries. One’s purity status was determined by birth (e.g. tribal affiliation), body (male or female, disabled or “healthy”) and behaviour (cultic obligations). Debt and sin, on the other hand, were under the jurisdiction of the scribal class. The Law regulated individual and social responsibilities, criminal behaviour and economic rules, determining sins of commission (stealing an ox or adultery) and omission (not paying tithes or observing the Sabbath). Who interpreted the purity or debt codes (the power of diagnosis)? Who was able to effect a change in someone’s status in that system (the power of treatment)? What did “treatment” or “forgiveness” cost the one who was impure or indebted? We can begin to see that when Jesus breaks the rules or engages in debates with the priests or scribes, who are senior administrators of and spokespersons for the status quo, he is involved in social criticism. Later, when he challenges the Temple cult itself, he is subverting political authority. Jesus seeks the root causes of why people are marginalised and his ministry unmasks the causes of social oppression. Thus these healings are interpreted either as liberation (by the crowds) or lawless defiance (by the authorities) depending upon one’s commitment to or place within the prevailing social order. Thus Jesus is seen as threat to those whose social status and national identity is bound to the dominant cultural codes and structures of the Temple state.” ~ Ched Myers

“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance, because you had a pre- existing condition. You were born with a preexisting condition. And if your parents didn’t have insurance, you may not even live long enough to get denied because of a preexisting condition.

If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?” ~ Jimmy Kimmel

Seed of Wellness

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~ World Health Organization, 1948.

Say together: May all people be well, and have the opportunity ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy’. 

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