THE FUNDAMENTAL OPTION: FOR LIFE OR FOR DEATH
Readings: Deut 30:15-20; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Luke 9:22-25
God created us in freedom to make choices in life. However, the choice we make always determine what we get. But it is not the will of God that evil shall befall us because his plan for us is for our peace, to give us hope and a good future (cf. Jer 29:11). But if we want to get all that, we need to follow him faithfully.
In his somewhat like farewell speech to the Israelites, Moses presented to them the two ways, one of which leads to life and another, to death (Deut 30:15-20). The way to life is the way of righteousness. Sometimes, it may come with suffering, but Jesus encouraged his disciples, as he encourages us today, to embrace that by self-renunciation and follow him (Luke 9:23-25).
If, however, we choose to remain in unrighteousness rather than turning to follow Jesus, we shall be choosing a path that leads to destruction. But it is not the will of God that anyone should perish; he rather wills that we should repent and be saved (Ezek 33:11).
May God grant you the grace to choose to do what is pleasing to him and the strength to stand by whatever good decision you make towards life. Amen.
I wish you a grace-filled day with the Lord. It is well with you.