Daily Reflection for Thursday, February 27, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link: Click Here
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-4 and 6
Gospel: Luke 9:22-25
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. Deuteronomy 30:15-16
There’s something so simple and straightforward about this reading that drew me in today. I usually struggle to relate to the Old Testament readings. The stories seem distant. The attitudes are from an age that I struggle to understand. Their ideas seem so old fashioned. Worst of all, God so often seems vengeful, remote and distant. I’m much more of a New Testament guy.
However, today God’s voice came through loud and clear. He’s not angry or vengeful. He offers us a clear choice: life or death, blessing or curse. We decide our fate, not God. What God is offering us is free will. It is one of the hardest things to do as a parent: allow your children to make their own choices even if it means failing. Just as I do not stop loving my children when they make mistakes, neither does God. He is the ultimate loving Father. He lets us fail, but offers us the choice to make the right call. We can return to him and His son, Jesus, whenever we decide to choose life.
Too often I am the stubborn child, not heeding my parent’s advice. I choose what I want or what society says is right. While I do not seek out death or consciously choose the curse, Jesus points out in the Gospel today that when we seek our own gain and do not follow Him, we will lose our life.
This is the first day of Lent when we give something up as a way to deny ourselves and sacrifice as Jesus did. What if this Lent, instead of denying yourself soda or chocolate, you choose to make a conscious choice to deny yourself by spending time listening to God’s voice instead of your own. Choose life this Lenten season.