The first reading and the Gospel both talk about our making decisions that can either bring us happiness or bring us disaster.
In the First Reading we hear God saying, “I have put before you life and death, chose life.”
In the Gospel Jesus tells us, “Whoever wishes to save is life will lose it.” By saving one’s life he meant putting one’s own needs first.
We must realize that there will not be just one moment in this life when we will be called on to make the big decision to either go with God or go against him.
Through every hour of your life you either add to or subtract from your chances of being saved. Of course, God can save even hardened sinners when they come to him in the last moment, but such hardened sinners just might not turn to God.
It just occurred to me that we could compare the hour- by- hour struggle of our lifetimes to a golf tournament where the score on every hole plays a part to our eventual victory or loss.
When you neglect your own needs to help an unfortunate family that can be like scoring a birdie or even an eagle. When you get drunk and squander money the kids need that’s like putting two shots in a row in the lake. You could get a hole in one to make up for that, but don’t count on it.
Every hole you play in a golf tournament has a real part to play in your eventual loss or victory. Both the good actions and the bad actions you perform today will play a part in the eventual success or failure of your life.
There are people who in golf or in life keep coming back to try another round. We admire such people, and its likely God joins in that admiration.