1st Sunday in Lent Year A

Published on 27 Feb 2017
Painting of Christ in the Wilderness by Ivan Kramskoi

Grant, almighty God,
through yearly observances of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding
of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.

The Lord God fashioned man … breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus man became a living being.
First Reading (Genesis 2: 7–9 , 3:1–7)

Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervour sustain me.
Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 50)

Jesus Christ will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift ... of being made righteous
Second Reading (Romans 5: 12–9)

 The devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “I will give you all these,” he said, “if you fall at my feet and worship me.” Then Jesus replied, “Be off, Satan! For Scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone”
Gospel (Matthew 4:1–11)

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. But ‘good things come to those who wait’: Our prayer must be marked by patient perseverance. I will be tempted not to allow God’s grace time to ‘work’; tempted to want the ‘quick fix’ to change myself. Only God can reform me.
During these coming weeks I may like to prepare my place of prayer to suit the season.
Perhaps place there a small pot of earth or piece of clay to remind me of my humanity, or crucifix to help me recall Jesus’ sacrifice for me, perhaps a candle to represent the ‘Spirit of Life’.
Today the Church calls me to ask for a spirit of repentance for the times when I have turned away from God.
Quietly reflecting on this Sunday’s opening prayer, I take time to look at my life, but always in the light of the Redemption.
I say this short prayer:
‘Merciful God, be with me and enlighten my mind’.