“Let us take care of our bodies” – Seeds of Faith – July 5, 2021

The pandemic has brought a surge of bikers. Statistics worldwide have shown that we are now in what they call the “bike boom.” The positive side of the pandemic is that people are now conscious of their health again. People are into exercise to boost the immune system.
Did Jesus exercise? What does the Bible say about our health?
First, like Jesus, we must find the time to exercise.
Some would say that Jesus did not exercise. Well, the Gospels did not actually say that Jesus exercised but we can see that He did a lot exercising.
Walking is one of the best exercises that we can do. The distance that Jesus walked from Galilee to Jerusalem is about 120 plus kilometers. When you read the Gospels, you cannot readily visualize that Jesus has already walked that much distance because it was just from one chapter to another. But if you go to Israel or research the land, you will realize that Jesus did a lot of walking.
There is even a Jesus Trail in Israel now. The trail is a 4-day hike. It is a 65 km hiking and pilgrimage route in the Galilee region. It starts from Nazareth and then passes the area of the Sea of Galilee,  Capernaum, and up to the Mount of Beatitudes. So, just imagine the amount of exercise that Jesus did in His lifetime.
We need to follow the example of Jesus and start exercising.
Second, like Jesus, we need to eat healthy foods.
Based on the Bible, Jesus most probably ate foods like figs, bread, pomegranates, dates, mustard, olives, almond, pistachios, garlic, cumin, cucumber, legumes, vegetable stew made of lentils, onions and beans, walnuts and of course, grilled fish, goat’s meat and lamb’s meat. He certainly followed the dietary law in the Old Testament which is very healthy when you look at it in the scientific perspective.
In John 21:9 we can see that Jesus was grilling a fish in burning coals and He has some bread that He heated. The most possibe fish that He ate was Tilapia or better know in Israel now as St. Peter’s fish. Matthew 28:18-19 tells us that the favorite snacks of Jesus is figs.
We cannot probably prepare readily the food that Jesus ate but we can follow the principle of having a healthy diet.
Paul reminds us that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. So, we need to take good care of it by having an ample amount of exercise, and a healthy diet.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications
Central Philippine University
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