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Lenten Weekday
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 & 6
Luke 9:22-25
In the first reading, Moses tells the Israelites that they must choose God to
enter the Promised Land. While paradoxical, the Gospel tells us that we
must choose Christ and his cross to be saved.
The message from these readings is simple and direct: if you choose God,
you are choosing eternal life. While the directive is straight forward, action
can be difficult. What does choosing God mean? Certainly it is following
the Commandments. However, I think that there is more to it.
I believe that God has a plan for each of us and that he will reveal this plan
to each of us slowly and in different ways. My challenges are to discover,
accept, embrace and act on that plan. I
must be open. I must be vulnerable. My
personal plan has always been based on
the notion of achieving perfection, love
family and friends, work hard, do better,
and achieve security. I must remind my-
self that ˈperfectionˉ in God˅s eyes is not
exclusively the ˈsuccessfulˉ, material,
comfort-oriented way I try to live or per-
ceive my life. It includes my flaws, pain
and suffering as well.
I find that reflecting on those times when I
have felt closest to God helps me to ex-
pose His plan. God˅s presence was pal-