The Holy Lent

Day 23 - Fourth Tuesday of the The Holy Lent

by Prince Mathew

Preface for Meditation:

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:15-20

At the end of their long sojourn through the desert—only a stone’s throw away from the Promised Land but not quite there yet, Prophet Moses calls on his people to affirm with him their joint commitment to God and his promises. “The blessings of God”, Moses says, “will be abundant, if you keep faith: you will only truly live when you choose to continue to walk with God”. For Moses, this is made all the more urgent since he has been told that he will not cross the Jordan with his people. For him the end of the journey of life, and his pilgrimage has come. As he faces death, he speaks passionately of life—in this short passage he mentions the word ‘life’ or ‘live’ six times.

Like the people of Israel on the banks of the river Jordan, we too are invited to reject all that denies life and choose instead what is life-giving, life enhancing. This is a choice we make not only for ourselves, but for all generations.

Bible Reading Passages:
Fourth Tuesday of The Holy Lent

* St. Matthew 20: 1-16

* Numbers 28: 1-8
* I Samuel 21: 1- 9
* Acts 14 : 8 - 22
* I Corinthians 16: 13-24
* St. Matthew 11: 25-12: 8

Bible Verse of the day:

"Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you." St. Matthew 20:14

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