March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation
Start this Lent with an Ecological Examen and Consumer Examination
First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Psalm: 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
Second Reading: Romans 10:8-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
Catechism of the Catholic Church
This dramatic situation of “the whole world [which] is in the power of the evil one” makes man’s life a battle:
The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity. (409)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Researching footnote references, so not including these references at this time.
Arising fresh from baptism in the River Jordan, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and affirmation as the Son of God. This sustained Him during the proverbial number forty, signifying a long time, like Noah and companions in the ark and the chosen people wandering to the promised land from Egypt. A period of fasting allowing the Holy Spirit and Word of God to come forth and deflate temptation to banish evil with faith. Three temptations attempting to position worldly paradigms above the power of God. One stone, a compilation of metamorphosis from heat and pressure, could never transform to satisfy the human heart, for man does not live by bread alone, but every word that comes forth from God. The realization of the need for spiritual food to satisfy spiritual yearnings. The evil of political power, shown in a single instant Greek and Roman vestiges to Mesopotamia stretching all the way to Asian lands, offered as a pacifier to place one’s self in control denies the reign of God. God’s omnipotent power, our surrender is true freedom never achievable by principalities, their weapons tactical and subversive. A worship of power Jesus dismisses to glorify worship to the Father. The view from the parapet of the temple in Jerusalem and Jesus’ view from the cross outside Jerusalem presented the same reality, the temptation to say no to God for a temporary denial erasing for a short time, compared to eternity, the anguish that appears a finality, but in reality gives life. Jesus’ acknowledgement is we should not test God, for to do so we say we do not trust HIs plan and feel we know better in our finite perspective. Jesus’ reply to the option for evil all were words He heard proclaimed in the synagogue, on the temple grounds in dialogue with teachers as He grew in human stature, living as the Son of God. Words planted in HIs heart, proclaimed with His lips to banish temptation boldly for the Holy Spirit filled His being. Where Adam and the chosen people’s faith failed, leaving them to wander astray from the love of God, Jesus modeled the way to the Father.
This Lent will we acknowledge the Holy Spirit embedded in our lives from our baptism, sealed with the Holy Spirit in our confirmation? Will we speak the Word of God to dispel evil in our world, when we are tempted to place ourselves in control, positions of power to banish God from our hearts and center of our lives? Evil may appear to give us the desires of our lives, but inner freedom as a child of God, knowing our true inheritance, we don’t have to accept such deceptions. For we have the Word in our mouths and hearts for our justification and salvation to not be put to shame and enriching all peoples, without distinction, who call upon Him. As an affirmation of our belief, this Lent may we give the first fruits of our lives, the best of the gifts, our talents God has given us to the foot of the altar as a sign of our fasting from allowing evil from wrestling away goodness in the world. Our giving of monetary alms in service of positive affirmations of the Church in the world and alms of service to dispel injustice where ever evil arises. This journey of Lent must only begin with sincere prayer, even and more fervently needed in times of desert in our lives, as we hunger for only what will ever truly satisfy us.
Individual Reflection: Deuteronomy 26:4-10
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Family Reflection: Romans 10:8-13
Receive and reflect on daily Lenten reflections form Catholic Charities USA
Prayer: This Sunday RCIA participants celebrate the Rite of Election, to announce their intention to become fully initiated members of the Church. During Lent prayerfully support their journey to reception of the Sacraments.
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As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born March 4, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.