Today I have given you the choice between life and death,
between blessings and curses.
Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.
Oh, that you would choose life,
so that you and your descendants might live!
You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God,
and committing yourself firmly to Him.
This is the key to your life.
– Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NLT)
“The question immediately arises:
How can we choose life, how should we do this? …
It was said … that Christianity is an option opposed to life.
With the Cross, with all the Commandments,
with all the "no’s" that it proposes to us,
some have said that it closes the door to life.
But we, we want to have life
and we choose, we opt, ultimately, for life,
freeing ourselves by the Cross,
freeing ourselves by all these Commandments,
by all these "no’s."
We want to have life in abundance, nothing but life. […]
"Whoever would save his life will lose it;
and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it." (Lk 9:24).
This is the paradox we must first be aware of in opting for life.
It is not by appropriating life to ourselves but only by giving life,
not by having life and holding on to it but by giving it,
that we can find it.
This is the ultimate meaning of the Cross:
not to seek life for oneself, but to give one’s own life.
Human life is a relationship.
It is only in a relationship, and not closed in on ourselves,
that we can have life.
And the fundamental relationship
is the relationship with the Creator,
or else other relations are fragile.
Hence, it is essential to choose God.
A world empty of God,
a world that has forgotten God,
loses life and relapses into a culture of death.
Choosing life, taking the option for life,
therefore, means first and foremost choosing the option of a relationship with God.
However, the question immediately arises: with which God?
…with the God who showed us His face in Christ,
the God who overcame hatred on the Cross,
that is, in love to the very end.
Thus, by choosing this God, we choose life. […]
It must be clear to us that in choosing Christ,
we have not chosen to deny life,
but have really chosen life in abundance.”
– Pope Benedict XVI.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, I have chosen You. You are my life!