Thursday after Ash Wednesday
The readings for the day can be found here.
What wonderful messages and opportunities we are presented with in today’s readings! We are asked to build so positively upon Ash Wednesday’s message and today, oh today is rife with possibility. Today, Moses reminds us of the choices we have. Big choices, like life and prosperity or death and doom. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we must take up our cross daily and follow him. An excellent choice, since when we carry our cross we are choosing Life. And when we choose Life, keeping the commandments and following in Jesus’ footsteps, the Lord will bless us in the land we are entering to occupy.
Choosing to enter the land of Life provides the opportunity to ‘preflect’; to make considered decisions about where and how I invest my time and energy each day. Lent is not a downer! Denying myself does not mean doing without, but rather doing differently. When examining my choices, I find that few are ‘either or’. On this daily Life test, the format is usually multiple choice. A key is eliminating every option I know is wrong, along with any that have potentially negative outcomes. With this approach, I can then enjoy weighing good against better, better against best, choosing and then modeling well.
On my personal “Project Runway” I want to put my best self forward. I want to practice best practices. I pray that each day the land I enter to occupy, by the choices I make, will lead me to a better place, a better land, a better me. I know that the choices I make and the way I carry the cross affects the lives of those I touch. When I pick up my cross in the morning I put it on my left shoulder. That leaves my right hand free. At the end of the day, I pray that the fingerprints I leave when I touch the lives of others leave a positive impression of Life.
Nancy Culbert is Director of Student Services for the School of Public Health.