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First Sunday of Lent

February 26, 2012

A SEASON OF TESTED PROMISES

Every year on the first Sunday of Lent, we hear of the temptations of Jesus and we are challenged to resist our own temptations concerning those things that draw us farther away from God. But Mark’s version is, by far, the shortest. And while Matthew and Luke’s accounts offer us a chance to reflect on the nature of our temptations, I believe Mark offers a different consideration.

The preaching of John, which we hear about in Mark, echoed by Jesus, invites all believers to consider where they place their loyalty. This same idea is understood in the description of the covenant between God and God’s creation.

Lent is our chance to evaluate our promises to God. Through the sacrifice of his own Son, God is very clear about what he is willing to do to keep his promises. What are you willing to do to keep your promises – the promises you made at baptism or your children’s baptism? The promises you made at your confirmation? Those you made at your wedding? What about the promises you made in your home – to each other?

We are told that recapturing these promises requires three things: prayer, fasting, almsgiving.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the First Sunday of Lent: (Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15)

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