Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Birthday present from my son, Nick. Photo by Pam Spano

This past Sunday’s readings struck an uncomfortable chord with me.  Especially Matthew 6:26-27:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

The fact that I had to do the readings at the Saturday Vigil Mass, made the words appear larger and louder in my head.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve become increasingly more obsessed with clothes.  I don’t know how it happened, but at some point in time I became preoccupied with the way I dress.  Perhaps age has played a role, but I have a bit of a suspicion that it’s probably my own pride and vanity.  The truth of the matter is, it makes me happy to obsess about what I’m going to wear even if it’s just my favorite hoodie and workout pants.  I feel good about myself even if I’m just going to the grocery store.

My favorite hoodie was a Christmas present from my daughter.

My favorite hoodie was a Christmas present from my daughter.  Photo by Pam Spano

I do worry about what I eat or drink.  After recovering from pneumonia recently, I went vitamin shopping to add to what I felt might be lacking in my diet.  I’m never sick.  Even when I was working, everyone around me would be ill and I wouldn’t get it.  So how did I get pneumonia?  According to the paperwork I received from the clinic, “somebody spittled on me.”  Eeeeeeuuuuu!  How rude!  If if find out who did it … I WILL hurt them!

Okay, I’m getting off track.  So, short of wearing sack cloth and ashes, this might be something I can address during Lent.  Except for church, I could tone it down during the week.  I could wear the stained clothes that I hang on to for when I’m cleaning house and I don’t have to wear jewelry every day.

Photo by Pam Spano

Photo by Pam Spano

“Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”  Who am I kidding?  I’ll stick to my original plan.  Now where did I put that bracelet?

Have a productive Lent!

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