March 3, 2022

“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Between life and death, one would think we would always choose life. Then, why do we (so very often) choose sin? Because this “life” Moses presents to us comes as a blessing in disguise.

“The Son of Man must suffer greatly…and be killed and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:22). This is what it means to “walk in his ways”; it means to walk the way of the Cross. Dying to self means dying to our preferences, our choices, even to the good we want to do…it means saying, again and again, “not my will, but thy will be done.”

“The Son of Man must suffer greatly….” Notice the verb used here is ‘must.’ Not may, not might…but ‘must.’ He ‘must’ be killed… but then also… He ‘must’ be raised; death is not the end. What looks like a curse to us here below looks like a blessing from above.

“Be assured, Madame, that storms do not last. Winter purifies the weather, kills all the little insects which devour the plants. Your soul seems to be dying in the midst of suffering. That’s true, but it is in order to be reborn from its ashes. A soul which loves God lives through death. So have courage!” – Saint Peter Julian Eymard (Letter to Mrs. Franchet – March 21, 1851)

The life of a disciple is not easy, nor is it meant to be. It is the narrow way, the way of suffering, the way of sacrifice, the way of love. It is the way that leads to life for us and those coming after us. Let us not be led astray and lead others away from God. Yes, the path is narrow and difficult, but Jesus is walking ahead of us.

Let us pray:

Prompt our actions with your inspiration, we pray, O Lord, and further them with your constant help, that all we do may always begin from you and by you be brought to completion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.