Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15; Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Matthew 4:17; Luke 13: 1-9
Carpe diem! (Seize the day!) was the Latin saying I learned in high school. It called us to be open to the opportunities life brings – for doing good, for making the world a better place, for enjoying the day’s blessings.
Moses heard a voice from a burning bush telling him to go down to Egypt. He was given a brief introduction to God and a call to help free the Hebrew slaves. Moses seized the day, obeying the call to act, now.
Jesus calls on his fellow Jews to seize the day by repenting. Life is short. People die tragically and unexpectedly. Look to your own life, Jesus tells them. God has given you these days, so bear fruit, now.
Paul calls on the Corinthians to seize the day. Not just our actions but even our desires can mislead us. So do not be complacent. Take care, now. Baptism lays a foundation, but we have to build on it. Baptism gives us the Spirit and the virtues of faith, hope, and love. We renew our baptismal promises in a few weeks. Act now; seize the day to grow closer to God.
What opportunity does this day offer you?