October 6, 2013 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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We live in a time of more.  Everywhere we turn there is something that is promising more.  More time.  More money.  More better health.  More opportunity.  More progress. We are encouraged to want more, do more, have more, and be more.

On the surface, this is not a bad thing.  It would be good for my long-term health if I worked out a little more.  It would good for my spiritual life if I spent a little more time on prayer.  It would be good for my friendships if I spent a little less time on Facebook or texting and more time having real conversations.  Every year during Lent, not only do I give something up, but choose to do something more. (Last year it was to say a short prayer every time I touched a doorknob.)

“More” is not the problem. The problem comes when we only want more, which leads us to not notice or to disregard what we already have.  This week’s Gospel begins: The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”  The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’, and it would obey you.” Jesus is saying you don’t need more.  You have enough.  You are enough.  You can do things that you never dreamed if you recognize what you have.

Sometimes I find it overwhelming to read about the lives of the saints. They did so much more than I did (or will ever do).  I feel like I don’t have enough to be that holy.  I feel like I don’t have enough to be that great.  I feel like I don’t have enough.  It is important to recognize that our call to holiness isn’t to do more or be more.  Our call to holiness is to be in this moment.  Taking what we have, share it with great love.  Our call to holiness is to share a smile, a kind word, to step to help someone in need, and to stand up for a friend who needs support.  We don’t need more.  We need to recognize the power of what we have and what we are…loved children of God.

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