Thur 15th Feb 2018
Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Deut. 30:15-20
Ps. 1:1-2,3,4,6
Lk. 9:22-25  

Deuteronomy gave people a very clear choice between life and death. These were considered two distinct paths — God’s path and the path of death. Life, God’s path, was that of compassion, fidelity to the covenant, and justice. Choosing this path and remaining faithful resulted in a happy and blessed life, both for the individual and nation. The path of death consists of selfishness, indifference, injustice, lack of love and compassion, and infidelity. It brings sorrow and ruin to all. Hopefully we choose life each day, but being human, our path might stray occasionally into the path of death. We have to make this choice each day, again and again, for our entire lives.

Walking in the Lord’s ways is a continual decision. Some people stray because of the ‘glamour of evil’ and the promises that it brings — power, fame, pleasure, and wealth. But those on this path lose the most important thing of all — themselves. Gone is their integrity, sense of love and justice, and relationship with God. In other words, their souls. The easy path is seldom the most fruitful — let us always choose the way of the Lord.

Lord, help me always to choose wisely.