40 years, 40 days.
In today’s first reading, the Israelites are in their 40-year desert journey, following Moses toward the promised land. God gives them 2 options: follow my commandments and you will live prosperously in this new land, or chase idols, instead condemning you and your descendants to death and doom. Yikes.
Well, we’ve just begun our own 40-*day* desert journey, and we have the same options laid before us. And we’re reminded still that our decisions, both individually and collectively, affect not only our lives, but the lives also of our children’s children. Our decisions can enrich the health of our planet, sustaining many new generations; our decisions can also compromise it!
Life or death. These Lenten reflections will invite us into prayerful examination of our politics, economics, habits and decisions:
- Individually and collectively, are we choosing life?
- For our earth’s present and future?
Garrett Gundlach, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic born and bred among the Great Lakes, scouting, bearding and biking his way into religious life. Never caught without a harmonica, often seen hugging trees, and joyfully awaiting the transformation of this world in love.
Garrett Gundlach, SJ is a second-year Jesuit regent at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. That basically means that he’s halfway through his formation as a Jesuit, learning from high schoolers before learning from books in theology studies. He loves bare feet, crayons, and being laughed at by his students.