Carol Post has written an article that she titled Numb. The first question she asks is: Has numbness and complacency crept into your spiritual life?
In our Saint Anne mission statement, we propose to live the example of Jesus who said, “I came so that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” Abundant life! But, in her article Post suggests that we can become numb to this abundance because we have the wrong idea of abundant life. Sometimes, our “abundant life’” can rest only in all those good things we have received from God, and we take them for granted and become numb to the tremendous generosity of God. It’s true that most of the time everything seems to be going quite well for us, and we’re able to enjoy all those good things. Then, we don’t realize how God’s providence and “life” can get too common, and we’re satisfied to be “just enough Catholics.” But God wants more from us than “just enough.”
While the disciples of Jesus were with him, they had seen what he was capable of accomplishing, and they would not be satisfied until they received all that Jesus had promised. The promise was fulfilled! The Spirit came! With this one encounter they could not be numb or “just enough” followers anymore. The Spirit empowered them. Similarly, Jesus promises this gift to every one of us. Jesus promises us that we can be “more” just as those followers who eagerly went out to fulfill Jesus’ mission in the world. Living a life without a passionate love to do God’s work was never what God intended for us. He promised us an endless supply of love and everything we need to walk in the fullness of life and so spread our love to all.
Carol Post concludes with this advice: “Let your roots grow down into God’s love and give you the power to understand how wide, long, high and deep is God’s love.” Then we can and must live a life not “just enough.” We can and must live life doing more than enough in spreading God’s love to others along our way. What are you doing that’s “more than enough” this Lent to accomplish this task?