Today's readings deal with life. In the first reading, Moses exhorts the Hebrew people to choose life, which means "loving the LORD your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him." Yet in the Gospel, Christ tells us that, in order to choose life, we must lose life, taking up our cross daily. This paradox only makes sense when we realize what life in Christ truly means. The promise and reward of eternal life comes at a cost. Yet the reward greatly outweighs this cost. So we choose life in Christ by choosing to die to ourselves--letting go of our selfish passions, our desires, and our fears. Only then are we truly free to live.
Choose Life by…Losing It?
Br. Samuel Hakeem, OP
Transitional Deacon, Solemn Vows, Professed August 14, 2011- Brother Samuel grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a large and close-knit extended family, which ingrained in him a love of the Catholic faith. At five years old, he decided that he was going to be an astronaut--a dream which would lead him to a bachelor's degree in space physics and a year of graduate studies in optical science and engineering at the University of New Mexico (where he met the Dominicans). During the first year of Brother Samuel's PhD studies, he decided to abandon his plans and follow God's call to the Dominicans--a decision which brought peace and joy to his life. He enjoys rock climbing, fly fishing, backpacking, photography, music, and the Boston Red Sox.