In the early days of civilization, a king used to hire a jester or joker at his court to keep him happy and alive.
In the modern times, the late wealthy man, John Rochefeller used to employ a psychologist to cheer him up by motivating him to develop a happy attitude.
Both the kind and Rochefeller believed that the best method to keep them alive amidst the intricacies of their business was a motivation to develop a happy attitude. Alone, they could not do it by themselves; they need someone to motivate them--the joker and the psychologist. As they were employed they were always at the master's command to stir up the tide; they were there to deliver the commodities they were paid for; a package of smile and a kit of clinical mental health.
In the days past as well as in the present, it is an acknowledged fact that mental health or happy attitude--a thing of the spirit--is a basic necessity to maintain a sense of balance in the midst of a mad world.
People need someone to keep them happy and alive. We need someone more than a psychologist, more than a joker, more than a hired man. we need something more than mental health, more than nervous-tuning technique; we need more than a smile.
We need Jesus, we need the very life He meant when He said;
"I am the Life" (Jn 14:6),
More than mental health,
Christ gives moral health, the forgiveness of sins.
More than a nervous-tuning program,
He gives conscience formation.
More than an employed,
He incarnated Himself into the community of man.
More than happiness and smile,
He shows us how to achieve the fullness of life.
Not in anyone else but in Him alone, can a life in its fullness be found as he assures us, "I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full" (Jn 10:10). And as we walk on His way and live in His life, let's drop in at the house of Emmaus and partake the meal He prepares, in accord with his words, "for he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him," (Jn 6:57).