Today we hear from Moses: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” And then Jesus in the Gospel talks about our need to take up the cross and reminds us that we the cross comes life: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” It is interesting. The cross, the real theme of Lent, is that which brings us to life. We’d think, wouldn’t we, that the cross would bring death and its absence would bring life. It is the opposite. With the cross comes life, with the cross comes easter, with it comes everlasting life. It lifts us up, to heaven. Yes, we take up the cross. And it takes us up, too.