February 19 – Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 ●  Luke 9:22-25


I command you today: Love GOD , your God. Walk in his ways. Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by GOD , your
God, in the land you are about to enter and possess. I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live.

Deuteronomy 30:16,19-20


It seems like such a clear choice. Who among us wouldn’t choose life over death, good over evil? Yet in reality, our every day choices are almost never so clear. So where do we find help in discerning what really leads to life? Deuteronomy reminds us we have been given commandments, regulations and rules of love that will help us walk in God’s ways. We don’t have to discern all on our own. We have Scripture and a long-standing religious tradition that will help us make the life-giving choices.


When faced with a decision, even a decision between two goods, how can you call on help in your discernment? Pray about it. Talk with your spouse or a good friend about your dilemma. Seek out a spiritual director. Join a small faith sharing group and broach your dilemma. Don’t try to make the decision on your own. Use the community of faith and its wisdom to help you discern!

Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.



1 thought on “February 19 – Thursday After Ash Wednesday

  1. CG

    Truer words were never written, “Our everyday choices are almost never so clear.” I often stress about making decisions; then make a decision and fret about it. These are decisions that don’t appear to be between good and evil or life and death, I would hope I could choose wisely in those black and white situations. These are decisions about moving, retiring, about responsibilities, and they are clouded with emotional baggage. They don’t allow rest nor do they seem ever able to be resolved and put to rest. Today’s reading seems like an action plan to stress less and prepare more – to pray, to talk and to use our resources to help.

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