First Sunday of Lent

Published on Mar 9th, 2019 by Parish Office | 0

Image Credit James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness (Jésus tenté dans le désert), 1886-1894. Public domain, click to enlarge.

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

Lent is an interesting time in our church calendar. We have many rules and unique prayer opportunities, but often in all this excitement we can be distracted from the “reason for the season.”

The word “Lent” means “spring.” This is a time then for new growth, developing hope and a closer relationship with our Lord. Jesus himself taught us last Wednesday to “fast, pray and give alms.” These tools of Lent are given not as an end in themselves, but as a means to the end, namely new growth in our relationship with Jesus.

This First Sunday of Lent always includes the story of the Temptation in the Desert. We are familiar with the story of Jesus spending forty days in the desert and this is a model for us of the Lenten season ahead, where for forty days we will fast and pray. The question before us is what is our temptation? Or, how are the three temptations Luke describes the same as what we experience?

We seek power, worship false gods and test our God every day. Perhaps the necessary first step of Lent is to acknowledge not only the temptations, but our need for repentance. Growing requires change. How does God wish for you to change this season?

With love,

Fr. Tom

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