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1st Sunday of Lent

1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 
Responsorial: Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 
2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 
Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

Because of rampant sin, God once destroyed almost all people on the earth by means of a flood. Now He has sent us Jesus to save us from sin by means of his passion death and resurrection. He even sent Jesus to Sheol to preach to the dead in order to save them as well.

Jesus endured temptation in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. He allowed himself to be driven by the Spirit into the wilderness in obedience to God. Will we let ourselves be led by God in the same way?  

Lent is a time of improvement through sacrifice, but not a time of sadness. It is a time to take stock of ourselves in the light of the Spirit that God gives us in order to change for the better; a lasting change that brings about joy. And if we have not improved to any degree by the end of the Lenten season, it will be nobody's doing but our own.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

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