Life’s Great Adventure

Living Life to the Full

 

 

What is the key to happiness?

“I came that they might have life, and have it to the full (John 10,10), Jesus once said.

Go into any bookshop today and you will find all sorts of titles that claim to provide the answers: books on yoga, books on meditation techniques, books on crystals, books on diet. In our supposedly ‘godless’ society, people are still looking for the answers that elude them. Either that or you’ve got a whole load of bookshops about to go bust.

The Catholic Church claims one thing above all: if you are really looking for answers, look no further than Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He it is who will provide the means of peace and satisfaction on this side of the grave.

It is Jesus Christ who is the satisfaction of our desires. All of them.

St Paul, one of the earliest teachers of the Christian faith, says, quite plainly, “As you received Jesus as Lord and Christ, now live your lives in him, be rooted in him and built up on him…” (Colossians, 2,7). Well, we receive this “Jesus as Lord and Christ” in our baptism. Now it’s up to us to do the next bit – live our lives “in him”. Rooted in him? Built up on him? That’s pretty radical. But it is the call for all of us who would follow Jesus Christ.

He’s there … if you look.

The challenge for many of us lies in the fact that many of our friends and associates claim to have no faith. It can therefore be difficult to know how to answer their objections, or perhaps their laughter.

The best answer is to turn inwardly to Christ. He will show you how to speak with great warmth and conviction to those who are looking elsewhere for the answer. Try not to give up what you believe (or even just want to believe); rather, know that real happiness can be found in a deep encounter with Christ Himself!

This can be difficult. But it is not impossible! The first step in this direction is to pray. Take a few deep breaths. Close your eyes. Ask the Lord to help. Recognise your need of him. Ask people you can trust. Jesus Christ, who is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13,8) is closer than perhaps you realise.