Monday, October 15, 2018


Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! – Luke 12:22-24

Life is more than food … more than paychecks and insurance policies, investments and dividends.  Life is more than clothing … no matter how fashionable … more than the closet in the bedroom in the house that holds them.  Life is more than this.

But what is the “more” in life?  What is the more to life than mere existence?  For you, is it fame?  For you, is it prestige or power?  For you, is it a life of ease or creaturely comforts?  What is the “more” that would make your life abundant?

I have enough to provide for the necessities of life.  I have food enough; I have satisfactory shelter; I have medical insurance; I have a shirt on my back.  What is the “more” that I need?

I have the love of the Lord.  I have the love of a wife.  I have the love of my children.  I have a community of faith.  I have a Creation to behold.  I have a song to sing.  I have an art to express.  I have a book to read.  I have dreams to pursue.  I have mercy for my sins.  I have the ministry to provide.  I have a soul that can enjoy both heaven and earth.  If I had the time I could you more of the “more” that comprises this abundant life of mine.

Loved Ones, I believe it is good for the soul to give thanks both for the necessities and the “even-more” that the Lord has provided.   I find it brings into one’s soul even more of the peace and the joy.

Always in Christ’s Service,

Fr. Charitas de la Cruz




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