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First Sunday of Lent

Romans 8:35-37: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for securing the final victory for us by raising Jesus from the dead. We know he is coming with victory on the day you have determined, but we pray that we may live victoriously for you until that day. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 17, 2013)
Day: First Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Dt 26:4-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
Second Reading: Rom 10:8-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
Lectionary: 24
Colour: Violet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
1And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit 2for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry. 3The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." 4And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.'" 5And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6and said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours." 8And Jesus answered him, "It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'" 9And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; 10for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,' 11and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" 12And Jesus answered him, "It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'" 13And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The 40 days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. We are called to journey with the Lord in a extraordinary season of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, repentance, and renewal as we get ready to celebrate the feast of Easter, the Christian Passover. The Lord gives us spiritual food and mystical strength to seek his face and to prepare ourselves for spiritual battle and testing. We, too, must follow in the way of the cross in order to share in the victory of Jesus' death and resurrection. As we begin this holy season of preparation and rejuvenation, let's ask the Lord for a fresh outpouring of his Holy Spirit that we may grow in faith, hope, and love, and embrace his will added fully in our lives. Loving Infant Jesus, your word is life and joy for us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may have the strength and courage to embrace your will in all things and to give up whatever is contrary to it.


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