February 11, 2016
Our Lady of Lourdes
Dt 30: 15-20
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today, choose life! Moses’ plea reminds me that I, like the Israelites, have a sacred history that has brought me to where I am today. My story too is marked by faithful and unfaithful ancestors, periods of great freedom and un-freedom, seasons of plenty and seasons of famine, acts of great trust on my part and acts of great faithlessness.
Yet this today of Moses stands ever-present, calling, pleading even, on behalf of God, to continue to choose life. All that has gone before has led me to this today, to this moment of choice.
This today is where I let go of my failings and accomplishments, my resentments and attachments, my fears and ambitions, and whatever else does not belong to me. It is simply a moment of choice, a choice to “hold fast” to the one who gives life and leads me into the fulfillment of this promise.
— Ryen Dwyer, S.J., a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit scholastic, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.
Lord, may everything I accomplish today
begin with your inspiration,
go forward with your help,
and be completed with your guidance and holy grace. Amen.
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