And the Life!

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

When the New Testament speaks of everlasting or eternal or abundant life, it is not speaking of mere duration.  Yes, in heaven we will live forever.  But merely living forever is not itself much good (as any vampire can tell you).  Indeed, one of the functions of horror stories about vampires, zombies and the undead is to remind us that mere duration of life without the life of God in the soul is, quite simply, Hell.  What we need is not mere duration but life that is fully “lifeful.”  It is this that Jesus comes to give: a life that doesn’t just drag on until the last syllable of recorded time, but a life that is meaningful, joyful, purposeful, loving and creative — forever.  Today, ask Jesus for his abundant life.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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