Daily Meditation – 18th February

Image above – Station 1 Jesus is condemned

Happy are those who do not follow the
advice of the wicked, or take the path
that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of
scoffers: but their delight is in the law of
the Lord, and on his law they meditate
day and night. They are like trees
planted by streams of water, which yield
their fruit in its season, and their leaves
do not wither. (From Psalm 1)  

‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up  their cross daily and follow me.’ (Luke 9.23) 

‘Who gave you the power to behold the beauty of the heavens, the sun in  its course, the moon, the myriads of stars with the harmony and course  that are theirs like the music of a lyre? Who has blessed you with rain,  crops to cultivate, food, arts and crafts, homes, laws, organized society,  civilized life with friendship and family ties? Was it not God, whose first  request to us now is that we should show generosity in return? Having  already received so much from God and hoping for so much more, we  should surely be ashamed to refuse God the one thing asked of us, which  is to show generosity to others. When our Lord and God is not ashamed  to be called our Father, can we repudiate our own kith and kin?’ (Gregory  of Nazianzus, c4th) 

‘See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If  you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding  you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing  his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and  become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you  are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear,  but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare  today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are  crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness  against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and  curses. Choose life!’ (Deuteronomy 30.15-20)