In “ordinary time” the scriptures for the day are done as a continuous reading — pick one book of the bible and one gospel and go through them chapter by chapter. During Lent the first reading and the gospel are chosen for that day and meant to complement each other. For example, the Book of Deuteronomy says, “Choose life.” In St. Luke’s Gospel we read: “Take up one’s cross daily and follow me, for whoever wishes to save his life will lose it” The deeper lesson of the Scriptures — choosing life is choosing the cross. What is most life-giving is not necessarily the easiest or the most comfortable — eating broccoli is more life-giving than chocolate cake! Always choosing the will of God is being fully alive.