Thursday after Ash Wednesday
These readings seem to be telling us something we all innately know – that we must follow in the ways of the Lord. Doing this will help us to live the best lives possible. Moses tells us that if we choose to stray from the path of God, then we “will certainly perish.” However, if we follow God and obey His commandments, we are promised a long life “to live on the land that the Lord swore He would give to [our] fathers.” In addition to loving God, we must have hope and faith in Him. Even in times of hardship, we must always remind ourselves to look to God for guidance and assistance. “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” The second reading serves as a reminder that God is here whenever we need Him. The Gospel makes it clear that following the path of God is not always easy, but it is surely worthwhile. As we all know, Jesus did not have an easy life, but we recognize that all that He did was done out of love for God. God doesn’t promise that life will be easy, only that He will be with us through it. Thus, it is important for us to remember during this Lenten season to be followers of God, striving to love like Jesus did.
Lord God, help me to always keep You in the center of my heart when choosing my words and actions. Help me to always remember You and be thankful for Your grace and love in my life.
Merrill Poor, ‘15
First Reading: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Gospel: Luke 9:22-25
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website