Leo Buscaglia was a writer and professor of Special Education at the University of Southern California. He once said, “Choose the way of life. Choose the way of love. Choose the way of caring, Choose the way of goodness. It’s up to you. It’s your choice.”
This is a profound saying, but Buscaglia was not the first to say such things. Deuteronomy 30 tells us to choose life. In many gospel passages, Jesus tells us to choose love. And in Galatians 5, Paul tells us to choose the fruits of the Spirit which include attributes such as caring and goodness.
Easter is the second Sunday of April this year. As we strive to be an Easter people, as we strive to be a resurrected people, we must choose the way of life, love, caring, and goodness. That is what living in the resurrection means. It’s what followers of Jesus do. Jesus made a choice when he went to the cross. And he tells us, through the gospel narratives, that we must choose to follow him.
So the choices we make are important. Some choices are trivial or insignificant such as what we will eat for a snack or what clothes we will wear on a particular day. Other choices have much greater meaning and significance. Such choices include whether or not we will follow Jesus. Such choices include whether or not we will live as an Easter people. Such choices include how we will treat other people and how we will live the life God has given us.
As Buscaglia and the biblical text tells us, it is up to us. It is indeed our choice. As people who proclaim the message of Easter, may we all make choices that are consistent with Jesus’ life and teachings. Let us not forget what he said in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”