First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10
This Lent begins with thanksgiving. The Hebrew people bring the first fruits of their produce to give thanks to God, who brought them out of the slavery of Egypt and into the promised land.
As I begin Lent, do I begin with thanksgiving for the Lord who has freed me from sin and brought me to new life?
Second Reading: Romans 10:8-13
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”.
Do I trust in God’s saving action or am I still trying to save myself?
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
Tempted by the devil.
What am I hungering for… power, prestige, possessions?
How am I allowing the Spirit to lead me during these forty days? Have I already determined my plan of action for Lent or am I just trying to be open to what the Lord asks of me? What are some of the temptations I face in life today?
Remembering God’s mercy toward me even when I have fallen into temptation, I will strive this week to forgive one person who has offended me.
May I learn to hunger for Christ and to strive to live by his every word. Renew my faith, hope and charity. Amen