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2 posted on 02/13/2013 9:26:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Israel Facing Life and Death: The Two Ways


[15] “See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil. [16] If you
obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day,
by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his com-
mandments and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live and multi-
ply, and I the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to
take possession of it. [17] But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear,
but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, [18] I declare to you
this day, that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land which you are
going over the Jordan to enter and possess. [19] I call heaven and earth to wit-
ness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing
and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, [20]
loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means
life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord
swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

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Commentary:

30:15-20. The last verses of the discourse addresses a touching and solemn
appeal to Israel, spelling out what its responsibilities are: it is completely free
to choose between good and evil; but depending on whether it is faithful or un-
faithful, it will be blessed or punished by the Lord.

The concluding exhortation (vv. 19-20) is particularly moving: “choose life”, lo-
ving the Lord, for “that means life”. In the New Testament we find passages
which echo the same ideas: “I am the life,” our Lord will say (Jn 14:6); and St
Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20); “for to
me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21).

Cf. RSV footnote to v. 16: this follows the (fuller) Septuagint Greek (as do the
New Vulgate and the Spanish). The words “If you obey the commandments of
the Lord your God” do help to stress the contrast with what it says in v. 17.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


3 posted on 02/13/2013 9:30:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

From: Luke 9:22-25

First Prophecy of the Passion


(Jesus said to His disciples), [22] “The Son of Man must suffer many things,
and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and
on the third day be raised.”

The Need for Self-Denial


[23] And He said to all, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow Me. [24] For whoever would save his life
will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake, he will save it. [25] For what
does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”

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Commentary:

22. Jesus prophesied His passion and death in order to help His disciples be-
lieve in Him. It also showed that He was freely accepting these sufferings He
would undergo. “Christ did not seek to be glorified: He chose to come without
glory in order to undergo suffering; and you, who have been born without glory,
do you wish to be glorified? The route you must take is the one Christ took.
This means recognizing Him and it means imitating Him both in His ignominy
and in His good repute; thus you will glory in the Cross, which was His path
to glory. That was what Paul did, and therefore he gloried in saying, ‘Far be it
from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Galatians 6:14)”
(St. Ambrose, “Expositio Evangelii Sec. Lucam, in loc.”).

23. “Christ is saying this again, to us, whispering it in our ears: the cross each
day. As St. Jerome puts it: ‘Not only in time of persecution or when we have the
chance of martyrdom, but in all circumstances, in everything we do and think, in
everything we say, let us deny what we used to be and let us confess what we
now are, reborn as we have been in Christ’ (”Epistola” 121, 3) [...]. Do you see?
The daily cross. No day without a cross; not a single day in which we are not to
carry the cross of the Lord, in which we are not to accept His yoke” (St. J. Es-
criva, “Christ Is Passing By”, 58 and 176). “There is no doubt about it: a person
who loves pleasure, who seeks comfort, who flies from anything that might spell
suffering, who is over-anxious, who complains, who blames and who becomes
impatient at the least little thing which does not go his way—a person like that
is a Christian only in name; he is only a dishonor to his religion for Jesus Christ
has said so: Anyone who wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and
take up his cross every day of his life, and follow Me” (St. John Mary Vianney,
“Selected Sermons”, Ash Wednesday).

The Cross should be present not only in the life of every Christian but also at
the crossroads of the world: “How beautiful are those crosses on the summits
of high mountains, and crowning great monuments, and on the pinnacles of ca-
thedrals...! But the Cross must also be inserted in the very heart of the world.

“Jesus wants to be raised on high, there in the noise of the factories and work-
shops, in the silence of libraries, in the loud clamor of the streets, in the still-
ness of the fields, in the intimacy of the family, in crowded gatherings, in stadi-
ums.... Wherever there is a Christian striving to lead an honorable life, he should,
with his love, set up the Cross of Christ, who attracts all things to Himself” (St.
J. Escriva, “The Way of the Cross”, XI, 3).

25. By this radical statement Jesus teaches us to do everything with a view to
eternal life: it is well worth while to devote our entire life on earth to attaining eter-
nal life. “We have been warned that it profits man nothing if he gains the whole
world and loses or forfeits himself. Far from diminishing our concern to develop
this earth, the expectance of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the
body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is
to come. That is why, although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress
clearly from the increase of the Kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital con-
cern to the Kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of
human society” (Vatican II, “Gaudium Et Spes”, 39).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


4 posted on 02/13/2013 9:31:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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