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Page Background Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 & 6

Luke 9:22-25



In the readings today we hear repeatedly about making choices: choosing

goodness or sin, life or death. We also hear about the rewards and conse-

quences of those choices.



I have struggled with today’s readings. The reality they present seems

stark. We are either one or the other: good and blessed or wicked and

doomed, alive or dead. What are we to make of these passages?

In re-reading the responsorial Psalm and the Gospel for today I was re-

minded of the nuance

and gift they present to

us. In the responsorial

Psalm we are com-

pared to trees that are

“planted near running

water, that yields its

fruit in season.” If we

are like trees, then our

ability to grow towards

Christ will be long and

ongoing. There will be

fruit in season; other

seasons will be sea-

sons of growth and


In the Gospel reading,

Jesus tells his disciples

that the Son of Man

will be killed “and on

the third day be

raised.” It took Jesus

three days to die and

rise. How much longer