Aparecida 355: Varied Dimensions of Life in Christ

Jesus is described as a friend. This is one of the dimensions of the Christian life. Alas, some believer, never tap into the image, the possibilities.

355. Jesus Christ is fullness of life that elevates the human condition to divine condition for his glory. “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). His friendship does not require that we give up our yearnings for fullness of life, for he loves our happiness on this earth as well. The Lord says that He created everything “for our enjoyment” (1 Tim 6:17).


We think of a friendship as a mutual relationship. Each partner gives and receives. Sometimes we can accept that the Lord looks to us and know our yearnings, what makes us happy, what brings us joy, and so forth. We have difficulty in the omnipotence that allows him to be a personal friend to billions of human beings.

We link “enjoyment” to happiness, but there is a vital distinction between joy, a state of fulfillment and confidence, and happiness–the experience of a moment. Happy is not bad, but joy is a deeper, broader aspiration.

Remember to reference an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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