(Part 20)


March 2, 2017

Today’s reading:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The fight of this third millennium is the culture of life versus the culture of death. Many have embraced the culture of death (contraception, divorce, abortion, same-sex unions, euthanasia, population control), including many Catholics, including clerics and religious. This is a fundamental choice (remember feminists’ cry: “my body, my choice”?), and many have chosen the way of death.

What is the way of God? What is the way for an authentic Christian? “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then that you and your descendants may live” (v.19b). Women choose abortion and the unborn child dies. Police resort to extra-judicial killing (EJK) and the descendant of a poor parent is gone. Such choices are being made every day. “See, I have today set before you life and good, death and evil.” (v.15). Choosing life is good, dispensing death is evil.

Why are Christians making choices for evil? How can they start to make choices for good? Three things. Choosing life, choosing the good, happens “by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him.” (v.20a).

Loving God is the first and greatest commandment. It is to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. It is putting God first. It is turning our lives over to God. It is striving not to offend God in any way. It is desiring to be like Christ in every way.

Obeying God’s voice is “keeping his commandments, statutes and ordinances” (v.16d). Many Christians claim to love God but embrace the culture of death. They kill by abortion, they divorce, they fornicate, all against the commandments of God. They gossip (which according to Pope Francis is murder), slander, calumniate. They take on the wisdom of the world against the wisdom of God. They must read and study the Bible, and live it out.

Holding fast to him is “walking in his ways” (v.16c). Christians, in order to put on the mind and heart of God, need to cling to Him, to trust in Him, to pray, to meditate on His word, to receive the Eucharist worthily. They need to walk the straight and narrow path, a path of holiness.

Those who are for life will themselves experience the fullness of life that comes from God. “For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land” (v.20b). They will be truly blessed, as “the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” (v.16f). In fact, that life will be for all eternity, in heaven.

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