In today’s first reading (Hebrews 13:1-8) the words that caught my attention were “be content with what you have”. The writer is exhorting them with regards to money but in my own reflections I felt it in more absolute terms. How much discontent is born from wanting what we do not have! An entire industry is founded on the premise that we can be convinced to buy what we do not need because we can also be convinced that our happiness depends on having whatever we want.
Is it possible to be content with what we have? Is it possible to “want” only what we have? And can we ever be free enough, content enough, trusting enough, to share what we have? I know that it is possible because I have seen people who are, people who live with a lot less than I do. There is always enough for one more person.
I heard a song at the Motherhouse last week that has stayed in my mind and heart, perhaps preparing me for today’s reflection. “These Alone Are Enough” by Dan Schutte, SJ is based on the prayer of surrender by St. Ignatius. “Give me nothing more than your love and grace. These alone, O God, are enough for me.” Can God’s love and grace be enough for me? How can they not?