LIFE centered in Christ

Thursday after Ash Wednesday
[220] Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4+6
Luke 9:22-25

It seems strange that as we enter Lent and begin to focus on Christ’s death on the cross we are presented this reading from Deuteronomy calling us to “choose life.” Yet, as we contemplate this idea it makes perfect sense for it is in the cross that we find new life. It is only through our own suffering; our denial of self and picking up our own cross, as Luke tells us in the gospel, that we will come to know a life enriched by Christ.

Choosing life means embracing a life centered in Christ and in the prosperity promised to us in salvation. What or when have been the missed opportunities in your life to choose Christ –> “to choose life” over sinfulness? How will you work to deny yourself (your ego, your own selfishness) and take up your cross during this Lenten season? Let us pray today for the strength and courage to choose life – a life centered in the cross of Christ.

About bhalderman

A Marianist brother who works as the University Minister for Social Justice and as adjunct faculty in the department of Sociology at St. Mary's University. Brian holds a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies.

Posted on March 10, 2011, in Lenten Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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