Daily Choices

Decision-making implies that we will engage in a cognitive exercise to dissect options presented through sensory observation. Many choices we make are simple and require little processing time, but others are more complex, involving many variables. There are always consequences associated with the choices we make. With that, we could suggest that daily decisions are like the rutters of life that steer us one way or another. To pray a little more, accept a little less, or give a bit more are categories of Lent's discipline. The choice before the People of Israel, from our first reading, today seems uncomplicated at the natural level. Life or death are the only options on the menu. Just as in the garden of creation, the human heart calls upon the mind to steer it forward. Life, extended life, and eternal life are the consequences offered to those choosing God's precepts.

But, friends choosing to follow Jesus includes carrying a cross. It means choosing relational prayer, self-denial, and charity. I don't see the words easy peasy anywhere in Luke's passage. Instead, emptying and handing over control of our life to God seems the way to complete and eternal life. Difficult decisions continue to be our Lenten challenge the same as they were for Moses, in his final days, leading the Children of Israel. Jesus fully discloses the completeness of any would-be followers' expected commitment. Let us resolve this second pandemic Lenten season to re-evaluate our daily decisions, examining whether or not they are steering our long-term desire towards deeper intimacy and eternal life with our Almighty and Glorious God. The consequences could arrive sooner than any of us expect.


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