1st Sunday of Lent (March 13)

Reflection for Penitential Rite: In today’s Gospel, we hear about three temptations offered to Jesus. Because we know that we have not always resisted the temptations offered to us, we now recall God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Reflection for Penitential Rite: In today’s Gospel, we hear about three temptations offered to Jesus. Because we know that we have not always resisted the temptations offered to us, we now recall God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Liturgy of the Word:

1st Reading: In the first reading, God gives good gifts to the first man and woman. But when they give in to temptation they learn its consequences.

2nd Reading: In the second reading, Paul tells us that sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience. It has led all humans to sin and death. Christ’s obedience has brought justification and life.

Gospel: In the Gospel, Jesus refuses to succumb to the devil’s temptations. He reaffirms his obedience and commitment to the word of God.

Reflection on the Readings: Today’s reading from the Book of Genesis and the passage from the Gospel of Matthew help us understand why we will be asked on Easter Sunday to renounce the glamour of evil and to recognize Satan’s empty promises. The whole Lenten season encourages us to be realistic about the spiritual shortcuts that are constantly offered to us.

Reflection for Offertory: Every Eucharist reminds us that Jesus’ death and resurrection are the ultimate reality.

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