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1st Sunday of Lent 2014

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Well here we are at the 1st weekend of Lent 2014, time is just flying by each for all of us young and old and all the in-betweens. Our Gospel Reading  for this Sunday is all about temptation that is the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by the devil. God asks us to undertake this time of renewal and that is why we have the penitential season of Lent. Why do we have Lent every year? Why penance? Why fasting? Why almsgiving? What does that have to do with us? Many people fail to see the connection. “I’m not a sinner when the truth is I AM A SINNER”  So why Lent? We know the answer that the Church gives us, of course. We have to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter.

The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent  should convince us that we really are sinners, and that it’s pretty arrogant of us to deny it I am often reminded of the scripture lord be merciful to me a sinner! It is time to make Lent what it is meant to be, a time for correcting our faults and raising our minds and hearts to God. A time for personal and community conversion! A time for personal and community renewal! A time for coming face-to-face with God – our origin, our purpose and our destiny – and being changed for the better and forever by that healing encounter!

 The bottom line for all of us during Lent is that we should try to get to know God better so that those not too easy to detect lines separating good and evil will become more apparent to ourselves and everyone else through us.   The Church teaches that prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are significant ways to become closer to God.  The decision for each of us is to determine what form of those three things to make our own this Lent. The temptations, to which our Lord allowed himself to be submitted, are a source of encouragement and consolation for all of us. If our Lord and master underwent temptation, we cannot and must not expect to live a Christian life without experiencing similar tests and trials. The three temptations Satan put to our Lord were suggestions to forget his purpose in life that is his messianic mission of redemption for one and all. He was urged to get all the bodily comforts of life, all the self-glory which men could give him, and all the possessions and power this world has to offer. In the same way all the comforts of life are put before us including the self indulgence and glory which is the exact opposite of our calling as followers of Christ. We are called during Lent not to give in to the temptations of this life as we are called to renewal of heart mind and Spirit.

As we begin our Lenten journey may god give us his grace to make a good Lent as we begin our journey  on the road to Easter .

 

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