Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Thursday, March 6

Today’s Grace

I pray for the grace to choose life in whatever way God offers it to me.

Scripture/Reading

From the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola:

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice and are not bound by some obligation. We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, to be considered somebody important or a nobody, a long life or a short one. For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.

Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to the deepening of God’s life in me.

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Moses said to the people:
“Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
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;
you will not have a long life
on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you,
a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Reflection Questions

  1. In today's reading, Moses exhorts me to "choose life." Have I chosen life or chosen death, lately? What might choosing life mean for me today? I speak with God about this.
  2. Ignatius' Principle and Foundation calls us to be free, to let go of any attachments in my life. What might I be clinging to these days? What might my life be like if I let go of my attachments? I speak with God about this.
  3. The paths that Moses set before us today are clear — choosing between life and death, between spiritual freedom and enslavement. Choose life and inherit God’s abundant blessings. Where are the darkness and unfreedoms that enslave me? Where are the lights and graces that lead me to life and hope?

Reflection

“God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
   There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
   Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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