1st Sunday of Lent
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness; there, he was tempted (Luke 4:1-1). This is the first Sunday of Lent, 2022. We began this season on Ash Wednesday, or did we? If not, it’s time to catch up on this grace-filled time if we are joined with Christ. Lent is easy when we follow Jesus. It is a time to share Jesus’ cross and Eucharist, thus readying us to sing our Alleluias on Easter, knowing we have grown as brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Jesus was brought into a wilderness. We also need to find our quiet place to ponder the rich Lenten texts. Hearing them in the Liturgy each day, we will come to know Jesus and how he met life. Note especially the beginning of his temptation in the desert. He was tempted. He spent some time, and he was hungry. Satan urged him to turn stones into bread. Jesus answered We do not live by bread alone. Jesus was urged to bow to Satan. Jesus answered: Worship the Lord, your God, and serve only him. Satan tried one more time: The angels will protect you. Jesus answered: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
Jesus answered Satan with scripture and love of God. Jesus loved sinners and those who were poor and marginalized. Saint Peter Julian Eymard has three statements we may want to reflect on during Lent.
- Mortification is the virtue that makes saints (March 1).
- To acquire the virtue of fortitude and Christian mortification, there is only one way, the most effective of all, and that is the love of God (March 2).
- Please let us not bite the cross, nor the thorns, but kiss them, because they bear Jesus Christ, our good Master (March 7). (From A Thought for Every Day)
Let Us Pray:
Through the observance of Lent, Almighty God, may we grow in understanding the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. (Collect for the First Sunday of Lent).
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