life to the full
"We admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ." —Colossians 1:28
Jesus came that we "might have life and have it to the full" (Jn 10:10). Today's first reading reveals the fullness Jesus wants us to have:
- full sufferings. We "fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ" in our own flesh (Col 1:24) for the good of others,
- the fullness of God's word (Col 1:25),
- full glory — beyond price (Col 1:27),
- full revelation (Col 1:26) of what was once a mystery but is now revealed to the holy ones,
- "full measure of wisdom," with the grace for all of us to become complete in Christ (Col 1:28),
- the full energy of Christ, "which is so powerful a force within" us (Col 1:29), and
- "full assurance" through our "knowledge of the mystery of God — namely Christ — in Whom every treasure of wisdom and knowledge is hidden" (Col 2:2-3).
"It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in" Jesus (Col 1:19), and it pleases Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4).
Prayer: Father, make me a larger vessel so I can be more full of everything you want to give me.
Promise: "Only in God is my soul at rest; from Him comes my salvation." —Ps 62:2
Praise: Miguel and Rita joined the Catholic Church after a detailed study of the writings of the early Church Fathers. They were hungry for the fullness of the truth the Catholic Church offered.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 22, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 24, 1999