“Whenever I hear Paul’s speech to the people of Athens, I always think about fish. . .
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
What does it mean to have abundant life, and how do we get there?
Well that’s the million dollar question isn’t it? How can I be happy? What does it mean for human beings to flourish? How can we have greater well-being, more life satisfaction, what does it mean to live better, to live more fully? Abundance encompasses all of these notions about what it means to live a good life. It’s bigger than just happiness. One way or another, it’s what all of us want. And it’s also what our faith is all about. Two weeks ago, we read that John concludes his gospel by telling us that whole point of writing it was so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through believing you may have life. Abundant life. Life to its fullest. This stuff that we’re doing together is meant to be life-giving.
So what is abundant life, and how do we get there?