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FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR B)
First Reading: Genesis 9:8 - 15
Responsorial Psalm 25:4 – 6, 6 – 7, 8 - 9
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18 - 22
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:12 - 15
Reflection: In today’s Responsorial Psalm we respond, “Your ways, O Lord are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.” In today’s Gospel Reading, Jesus returns from the desert where he had spent forty days tempted by Satan after his baptism in Jordan. As he returns, He begins preaching the gospel of God saying, “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” In today’s First Reading, God in post flood (caused by the 40-day and 40-night continuous rains) time is making covenant with Noah (a righteous man) not to destroy the world again. The world before the flood was destroyed because of people’s sinfulness. In today’s Second
Reading, Peter tells his audience, “Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God.” As we journey through these forty days of Lent we are reminded both: the negative impact of sin in our lives as well a the
mercy of the loving God. Sin has led us to slavery, destruction and death as it was in the times of Noah but Jesus is coming to us and preaches to us the gospel of the kingdom. He calls us to recognize the power of God to forgive us sins when we truly confess them. As
God made the covenant with Noah not to destroy the earth again by flood or fire or wind, He makes that convent with each one of us today not to destroy us when we humbly abandon ways of darkness and embrace ways of light. The time of Lent is the time of grace. Through life of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, accompanying our penance, our
sins will be forgiven and our life restored in Jesus Christ our Lord. In aspiring for the holiness of God, let’s join the psalmist in today’s Responsorial Psalm saying: “Your ways, O Lord are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.” Let’s reject sin and embrace God’s ways. Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine.

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