”If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
A few years ago, I got my second tattoo. Two words: fully alive. On the inside of my left wrist, the words facing me, my ink offers a consistent, oft needed reminder of St. Irenaeus’ words, “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.”
In his preaching and teaching, healing and companioning, suffering and dying, Jesus embodied the abundant life. Today’s Gospel reminds us that a full life like Jesus’ is not an easy life, but it’s the life we are called to live as disciples. Being fully alive requires us to love with our whole hearts, even in the face of uncertainty and risk. Pain is always possible. Only through such vulnerability can we cultivate true joy and connection.
What gets in the way of my living fully? If I get scared to love today, can I remember Jesus beside me, knowing what it’s like to be scared?
I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.
—John 10:10Please share the Good Word with your friends!