Psalm 13:6
I will sing to the Lord,
because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Our overly efficient culture often tends to think of necessities as though they were the only things in life.  It is true that economics (that is, the art of figuring out how to get by on limited resources) is a basic of life.  Only an idiot thinks he can eat his seed grain and not feel the consequences later.  But life isn’t just economics.  Often – more often than we realize – God is bountiful with us, not merely parsing out “enough” but pouring out an absurd amount.  This is why we have feast from time to time.  Feasts are supposed to be immoderate and lavish.  They reflect the fact that God has loves, not reasons, and that the universe is not a stern economic necessity but the gracious and radically unnecessary gift of a God who is basically lavish, not tight-fisted.  Today, sing to the Lord for His bounty!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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