1st Sunday of Lent

Well, second attempt.  I forgot tags on the first attempt, went back and edited, and then lost the whole thing.  Great. Lovely. 

I had the intention of writing a reflection on the readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent.  It’s Tuesady.  I think I may not have met that objective.  I’ve been busy dealing with the last few weeks of the quarter at school and have several projects and lengthy essays to write.  Plus, the fact that I have limited computer access and time.

So here it goes, again.

1st Reading: Genesis 2

The Fall.  Here we learn about the entrance of sin and death into our lives.  All sin is caused by disobedience, disobeying God, God’s will.  We also see, through the eyes of those who know the rest of the story, about God’s plan to send His son to save us.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51

The Miserere. The Penitential Psalm. “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”  How very true.  True in the fact that we are sinners.  True in the fact that God is indeed merciful.  He sent His only Son.  His Son instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  God is just in His Mercy.

2nd Reading: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 5

Here we have the history of salvation from Adam to Jesus.  We can also see the beginning and end of Lent in the same passage.   We learn of what Christ did for us on the Cross.

Gospel: Matthew

I love the fact that the 1st Sunday of Lent we always read about Jesus going into the desert to fast and pray.  Two of the three focuses of Lent we see Christ doing Himself before He ever started his ministry.  Even though the Devil tempts Him, Jesus resists. If Jesus, who is both God and Man, prayed, we should surely pray.

The readings for the First Sunday of Lent are a guideline, to Lent and to what Lent is about.  Genesis gives us the reason for a savior along with why sin and death entered the world.  The Psalm reminds us that we are sinners, yet God is indeed Merciful.  The Letter to the Romans summarizes the history of salvation while allowing us to see that Lent does indeed have a point.  And the Gospel reminds us that even Jesus fasted, prayed, and was tempted, all things we can do and have happen to us.

Have a blessed Lent.

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