Jesus Christ as Medicine of Life: A St. Ephrem Christological
by Rev. Fr. Jomy Joseph
In the ancient civilized societies, health and diseases were allied
with deities and therefore often magic and medicine went together.
The Indian Vedic Text `Atharva Veda' contains prayers against
diseases. In China, health and disease are integrated into the
philosophy of the Tao and the two polar principles, the yin and the
yang. In ancient Egypt, people believed that pain and sickness are
caused by the gods and goddesses.
But today `Health and Healing' are under the purview of a new deity,
Global Market Economy. New inventions and innovations to health care
have moderately tainted the relationship of medicine to medical
ethics. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) on the products and
processes of the medical world ended up in a new `Medi-Ethics'
"Profiteering from the sick! As a student of Praxis Theology,
cannot close my eyes towards the ongoing tyranny in the healing
scenario. In this very context where the health concerns are at its
zenith, St. Ephrem's healing imagery "Jesus as Medicine of Life" (a
Christological perspective) has not only theological implications,
but also ethical implications in today's Christendom.
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