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Lent 2022: First Sunday

First Sunday of Lent
March 6, 2022

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

In the first reading we hear about God’s faithfulness to the people from Moses. He recalls God’s help for the Hebrews during their mistreatment by the Egyptians. “God heard their cries, saw their affliction, toils, and oppression. … God provided signs and wonders and gave them a land flowing with milk and honey.”

In the second reading we hear, “No one who believes in God will be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same God is God of all.”

The Gospel tells us of Jesus’ journey to the desert, where he needs to find in God his inner strength. He is tempted to feed himself, to seek power, and to be rich, but he is resilient and faithful to God’s word and God’s promises.

During our Lenten journey we are invited to examine our inner resilience and to remember the faithfulness of our loving God. We are also encouraged to help others in need—refugees, migrants, and those who are mistreated, judged and rejected by society—and to care for our Earth.

God continues to work in and through us. May we join Jesus in trusting in God’s faithfulness during this Lenten season.

Reflection questions

  • How has God been faithful to you in your life journey?
  • How do our corporate stands invite us to do small things to make great changes in the world and support those in need during this Lenten season?
  • How are you living out one of the Laudato Si′ Action Platform goals in your local community during Lent? Take time to discuss this and encourage one another to live them out daily.

—Sister Verónica A. Fajardo, CSC