READING I: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
GOSPEL: Luke 9:22-25
"obey the commandments of the LORD...loving him, and walking in his ways" "If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish."
"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse."
God has given us free choice - we have our reason which uses memory and information to present to our will and then we alone choose. We have to consent in order to allow the Holy Spirit to take root in our soul and blossom. During Lent, we are blessed with a special grace filled time to be aware of the state of our soul and our will. Have we given up something for Lent? Has it already come to taunt and tease to the point of changing your will? Lent is a time of purification, where we can ponder life, death and where we stand in God's plan. It is as Moses said in today's reading "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse".
Take time each day during Lent and with your memory and reason, ask the Holy Spirit to allow you to see how you have used your free choice each and every day and if it is doing God's will. I am reading writings of Bernard of Clairvaux and am finding thoughts which has helped me understand my will. He wrote "I can never have the mastery of my own heart. Only God has that".
Bernard also wrote;
"Grace begins all, and grace finishes all, but in such a way that free choice works simultaneously with grace. So it is not a question of grace doing half the work and free choice the rest. Each does its own function in grace. Grace then does it all, but so also does free choice. But there is one qualification; whereas all in done in free choice, all is done of grace."