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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Thursday 6th March 2014

Thursday after Ash Wednesday - 6th March 2014

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 'Look, today I am offering you life and prosperity, death and disaster.
16 If you obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am laying down for you today, if you love Yahweh your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws and his customs, you will live and grow numerous, and Yahweh your God will bless you in the country which you are about to enter and make your own.
17 But if your heart turns away, if you refuse to listen, if you let yourself be drawn into worshipping other gods and serving them,
18 I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live for long in the country which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 Today, I call heaven and earth to witness against you: I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live,
20 in the love of Yahweh your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to him; for in this your life consists, and on this depends the length of time that you stay in the country which Yahweh swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would give them.'

Reflection by Kim Lee:
Here we have been offered two paths - life and prosperity, or death and disaster. This reminds me of Ecclesiasticus 15, where it is said that "man has life and death before him; whichever a man like better will be given him". It is true to say we have free will. God does not wish to impose His will on us, although I have often found that His will is the only way to find true fulfilment and come closer to who we are - ourselves, made in the image of God.  I truly believe that God wants us to choose him freely, and not to feel we are constrained by the laws there to protect us from harm and evil.

Another thing this passage reminds me of is St. Faustina's diary. In a vision she had, she saw two paths - one was a wide road where people were happy and things were easy. The other was a narrow, with thorns, and barely a path to be seen. Those on that path were weeping and struggling, with pain and suffering. However, those on the wide road were falling into the abyss of Hell, while those on the narrow path discovered the light at the end and, when they came into the light, they forgot all about their sufferings.

Lent Giving: Make the choice to pray more, to come closer to God, to choose the more difficult path, even though it can be hard. Do things because they are the right thing to do, not because you want to look good etc. 

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