“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10).
What more needs to be said?
A few thoughts:
Spring is upon us. Leaves are in bud. Flowers are sprouting everywhere. Lettuce, spinach, radishes are popping up in our gardens. The windows (for many of us) are open and one hears the chirping of a variety of birds and the voices of children at their playground a couple blocks away. Families are taking afternoon or evening walks. Thousands of children are receiving their first holy communion this month. Life can be seen and experienced everywhere. It is for us to stop, to listen, to see, to smell, to taste—to have life more abundantly.
Clearly Jesus desires an abundant life for each of us. He wants us—even of an older age –-to be as a curious child; to laugh and enjoy our families and friends—as he did; to weep at the loss of loved ones—or when others are suffering; to have the inner freedom to be touched by the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized; and, that each of us have an intimate relationship with God. In a word, he desires each of us to flourish, and till the end of our days, to grow in wisdom, stature, and grace before God and our fellow women and men (cf. Lk 2:52).
Fr. Peter Julian wrote often “Live on the divine Eucharist, like the Hebrews did on the manna.” For Jesus gave his very life to us in the Eucharist.
Let us be present to the abundant life around us and in each of us. And let us reflect today on how we might indeed share life more abundantly with others.
Let Us Pray:
God of life and of light, your love for us surpasses all our hopes and desires. Renew our resolve to gather as your people and to celebrate your faithful love for us manifested in Jesus’ gift of the Eucharist.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)