The following is a short excerpt from a recent homily:
We do not need to live to see all our desires—personal and otherwise—fully realized. We need only ask: What more can I do with what remains of this precious life that I have been given? Even if I am sixteen, sixty, eighty—or even if I am dying? Help me—help us—look beyond the earthly bread that can satisfy only a little, and toward the Bread that alone can satisfy beyond imagining—the Bread that leaves us asking not for more from God, in a spirit of anxiety, but rather what more can we give to God, in a spirit of gratitude.
The Psalmist poses all this as a simple question, and one that we might turn around in our hearts: “What return can I possibly make to the Lord for all of his goodness to me?” (Ps 116).