Abundance is a word we hear often during this time of year. Presently, the farmers are busy with the harvest.The writer on spirituality for the Catholic Times would like to define the world as an example of this all-encompassing abundance. The world is filled with air and with an abundance of fruits and vegetables; the oceans with an abundance of sea-life; the earth with an abundance of various kinds of insects. It's difficult to put a limitation on the variety of life that exists. Even the grains of ocean sand are all different.
us the use of this abundance. All that remains for us to do is to
receive the abundance. But many are not in a position to enjoy the
The columnist refers to this inability as stemming from a dysfunctional
personal spirit, when looking with the eyes results in not seeing.
can compare the eyes of our spirituality, he says, to a person who has an eyesight
problem. If a person's sight is bleary, all that is necessary is to be
fitted with eyeglasses but there are many who are not interested.
Spirituality is like being fitted with eyeglasses that allows one to see
more. There are many walking in the dark, not knowing where
they are going.
The columnist uses the film The
Grey, 2012 as an example of people walking in the dark. There is a plane
crash and the survivors go from one horrible situation to one even
worse. They are attacked by a pack of wolves, and try to escape from the wolfs; ironically in the last scene the hero of the
film ends up in the den of the wolfs and the picture ends.
we often try to escape the difficulties of life, the columnist says, and end up at the
very center of the difficulties. If we are not going in the right
direction we are not able to rid ourselves of the bridles that fetters
us. We have to take the right road with the correct values. If we are
imprisoned by our egoism, we will not be able to see the big picture.
in his abundance is always relating with us, and when we enjoy
relating with him, we will have spirituality. When we have awe,
and wonder we are able to see God relating with his creation and this
will enable us to respond with the virtues, says the columnist, like
leaves on the sweet potato
When life is
lived in harmony with God's will,
we can enjoy the abundance in creation. When we are adventuring in an
area we do not know, we can be fearful but what do we fear? Everything
part of God's creation, even the simple grain of sand. Everything is the
of God's abundance and when I am able to have it enter into my
thinking, and make it my own, then we will never go hungry before this
abundant table that is our world.