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First Sunday of Lent

Romans 8:32: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, give us all things?
  PRAYER FOR THE DAY ...
Heavenly Father, we are besieged at your sacrificial love offered to us in Jesus. Father, please use your Spirit to stir us to service in response to your grace and have this Comforter build us assurance in your salvation and in your longing to give us your rich blessings. In Infant Jesus' glorious name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (February 26, 2012)
First Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1:12-15
Lectionary: 23
Colour: Violet
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Mark 1:12-15)
As soon as John the Baptist had completed his ministry, Jesus commenced his ministry in Galilee, his home district. John's rivals had sought to silence him, but the gospel cannot be quiet. Jesus announced that the time of restoration proclaimed by the prophets was now being fulfilled in his very person and so as to the kingdom of God was at hand. The word "kingdom" means something more than a region or an area of land. It literally means "reign" or "sovereignty" and the power to "rule" and exercise ability. Why was Jesus compelled to seek loneliness for such a lengthy period? Was it simply a test to get ready him for his ministry? Or did Satan want to tempt him into a trap? The word tempt in English usually means to attract to sin. The scriptural word here also means test in the sense of proving and purifying someone to see if there are ready for the task at hand. We test pilots to see that they are fit to fly. Likewise God tests his servants to see if they are fit to be used by him. God tested Abraham to show his faith. The Israelites were deeply tested in Egypt before God delivered them from their enemies. Jesus was no exclusion to this testing. Satan, in turn, did his best to tempt Jesus to chose his own will over the will of his Father. In spite of his weakened condition, due to fatigue and lack of food for 40 days, Jesus persistently rejected Satan's subtle and not so subtle temptations. Where did Jesus find his strength to survive the desert's cruel conditions and the tempter's seduction? He fed on his Father's word and found power in doing his will. Satan will surely tempt each on of us and will try his best to get us to choose our will over God's will. If he can not make us give up our faith or sin extremely, he will then try to get us to make choices that will lead us, little by little, away from what God wants for us.
Yesterday:

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow:

Monday of the First Week of Lent


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