Monday 1 March 2021

Christ is all


I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him.



“Do you want to know what the secret of life is?” asked Curley, the curt-lipped cowboy of City Slickers film fame. He’s riding alongside Mitch – Mitchy the Kid – one of several men who deal with their mid life crisis by leaving New York to herd cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. “It’s this,” he says. “What, your finger?!” asks Mitch. “No,” replies Curly, “one thing.” What is that one thing?” asks Mitch. “That’s what you have to work out,” is Curley’s punchline. Mitch soon realises that, for him, it’s his family, his wife and children.

What is that one thing in our life that’s so important? The answer will be so different for each one of us. For St Paul, quite simply, it was Christ. Everything else he regards as rubbish compared to having Christ. This is not about dismissing so many other important things, disregarding the blessings he has been given in life, or overlooking people important to him. For him, this is about priorities. He just can’t imagine life without Christ.

Today, we celebrate another Saint, David of Wales but his fame lies not in his Welshness, his significance is not in his nationality but in his devotedness to Christ. For him, and so many others before and since, Christ is all important. For him, Christ is all. Christ is that one thing, the secret of life. As St Benedict wrote in his rule, “Prefer absolutely nothing to the love of Christ.”


God our Father, as we rejoice in the life and witness of St David help us to set our life on Christ, and to discover in him the secret of life. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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