In today’s first reading, Moses says this: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.” This seems like the type of choice that is a no brainer. Why would anyone not want life? Why would anyone reject prosperity?
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Moses sets before the people today a blessing and a curse. It is hard to imagine that anyone would really choose a curse, but every time we sin we do. Why? How is it we can turn our back on God’s gift of life and choose the curse? Well, choosing life has consequences. Standing up for what is right and true can be hard, we can be persecuted for it. For this reason Jesus tells his disciples about his death, or warns his followers about self-denial and taking up a cross. Lent is a time where we are called to remember to take up a Cross so that we choose the blessing.