First Sunday in Lent

Living for the One Who Died – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Lent

Living for the One Who Died – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Lent

Clearly this is what is asked of us in baptism, a wholehearted “Yes” to the question, “Will you live for him who died for you?” It is a pledge we can renew each time we enter church, dip our fingers in the baptismal waters, and make the sign of the Cross. It is a pledge we can renew every morning as we rise from bed and every night when we retire. This Lent is the perfect time to make the intentional renewal of your commitment to follow and obey Jesus, the renewal of your baptismal pledge, a regular practice of your daily life

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Sacrifice and Love – First Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Lent

Sacrifice and Love – First Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Lent

So often we approach Lent thinking about what we are going to give up, what hardship we are going to take on. This, of itself, is not bad, but if we stop there we’ve missed the point. Lent is not season of sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice; it is a participation in a mystery: the mystery of our Lord’s testing in the dessert by which he showed himself to be the true Messiah, the true servant of the Lord through his prayer, fasting and faithful response to temptation.

It is only by imitating him and participating in this mystery that we become more available to the very life and love that he came to give us.

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