Another awesome day in the Scriptures! In the first reading from Acts 11, Peter has a vision. He is then visited by some men who were sent to him by the Holy Spirit. It is then that Peter realizes that salvation is for the Gentiles, too. This was major stuff. Peter says something that we should always remember…”Who was I to be able to hinder God?” So often I’m afraid we get in God’s way. Let’s remember to let God be God, and let Him do His thing!
In the Gospel reading today from John 10, Jesus says, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” What does this mean? Let me start by talking about what it DOESN’T mean. In our way of thinking today, the word “abundance” automatically makes us think of things. This abundant life has nothing to do with money, fame, power, possessions, celebrity, accolades or anything of the sort. There are some who would lead you to believe otherwise. That being said, are there some who have money, power, fame, etc. who enjoy this abundant life? Certainly there are. But all these things are not the source of the abundant life.
This “abundant life” to which Jesus refers is a life filled with peace. As St. Paul calls it, the peace that surpasses all understanding. It is a life of seeing and understanding God's mighty hand at work in our lives, and being thankful for everything. And this abundant life can only be lived when we are living within God’s will. Many of God’s commands are difficult for us to accept and live by. But when we surrender our will over to Him, He gives us the grace to walk in His ways. Only then can we truly experience this abundant life.
Father, help us to stop striving for abundance in the eyes of the world. Give us the grace to seek out Your will, and to follow it, that we may truly live the abundant life. Amen.