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<< Thursday, February 13, 1997 >>
 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
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Psalm 1 Luke 9:22-25
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DYING TO CHOOSE LIFE

 
"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 30:19-20
 

On this second day of Lent, the Church reveals to us that this Lent is a matter of life or death. The Lord says: "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life" (Dt 30:19). The Lord questions: "What profit does he show who gains the whole world and destroys himself in the process?" (Lk 9:25) The Lord promises: "Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will save it" (Lk 9:24).

We choose life and save our lives by obeying the Lord's commandments (Dt 30:16). To do our own thing is to choose death. We choose life by obeying the Lord to the point that we are repeatedly denying ourselves. We deny ourselves so much that we no longer have lives of our own (Gal 2:20). We have lost our lives for Jesus' sake. We take up our cross each day (Lk 9:23) so that we are finally crucified with Christ (Gal 2:19). Choosing the daily crosses leading to crucifixion is the only way to choose life.

At the end of this Lent, may each of us be able to pray: "The life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me" (Gal 2:20).

 
Prayer: Father, may I eat only one full meal on each of the forty days of Lent. May I unite my fasting with Jesus' fasting in the desert.
Promise: "Happy the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on His law day and night." —Ps 1:1-2
Praise: Six-year-old Brian gave up his bedtime drink as a fast for the healing of his baby brother's ears.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 1, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 6, 1996
 
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