I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Jn 10:10

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So Jesus speaks.

An abundant life.  Do you know what that is?  Do you know how you might realize that in mortal reality?  Or extending beyond mortal life?

Do you really have a clue?  Could you tell another how that might come to pass? Could you list its components on a piece of paper?  Have to thought about it? Thought about it deeply?

Can you imagine what it might be among the conflicts you see, the doubts you have, the problems you face?  The routine challenges of everyday life?

Yes, Jesus is offering this and he is inviting us to know it in him.  But have you come to know from knowing him what it entails?  Have you gleaned from the Gospels what it might be and how it might be known?  Have the Prophets played a role in your understanding of it?  Or Abraham?  Or Moses?

Have you thought that maybe if you knew something about the human person you might grasp what it is and how you might find it?  Have you explored what other religious narratives might tell you of this?  Taoism, for example?

Have you bothered to become familiar with the insights of the giants in psychology?  In classical literature?  In philosophy?

Carl Jung, M.D., spent a good deal of his long life seeking to understand the religious path and focused on the interplay of fragmentation and wholeness as providing both ultimate meaning and an abundant, full life.

Jung tells us that to actualize our self opens the door to cosmic totality – the abundant experience designed for humans and endowed by God.

For Jung our abundance requires an honest, interior exploration – to self, a journey to the soul, the psyche.  This, for Jung, brings us to the sanctity of the human person and human existence (that which God hath made in creating each of us).

From Jung we know that we journey from the exterior to the interior, from fragmentation to wholeness.  Abundant life is whole life.

Those who fragment and divide us destroy the life that God hath made in us and that Jesus beckons we know and experience.

Think about it.  Do you lack meaning?  If so, is it not available to those who know abundant life?

Are there not forces aplenty in contemporary politics and culture that intentionally keep you from this abundance?  If so, what will you do about that?

Shalom.

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