Scripture Reflections for the First Sunday of Lent

Year B, Lectionary 23

God's water has cleansing effects which can remove evil from creation like in the flood during the time of Noah. And although God vowed that there won't be another destruction of creatures by the waters of a flood, the 'new' water of baptism now empowers us with the Holy Spirit to cleanse the world of evil. As the Spirit guides us through the desert we are supported by God in our journey as we help spread the kingdom of God.

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Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22

“what Peter is saying that the paschal mystery of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection in some way corresponds to baptism, it's tied to the sacrament of baptism which now saves you”

Catholic Productions | "The Salvific Power of Baptism" | Brant Pitre | February 17, 2021

“Jesus doesn't just conquer sin on Good Friday and conquer death on Easter Sunday, right. He also liberates the souls of the dead from the realm of the dead when he goes to proclaim the Good News of their redemption on Holy Saturday”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus' Descent into Hell" | Brant Pitre | August 5, 2021
Mark 1:12-15

“Christian asceticism is a way of telling us that just as we have to keep physically fit by appropriate exercise and diet, we also need to keep spiritually fit”

"He was tested by Satan" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | February 11, 2024

“For the smoothness of the journey may not always be an indication of the presence of God just like the roughness of the journey may not always be an indication of the absence of God”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | February 12, 2024

“the Lord is calling us to go through the desert, to come out of the other side of it, to be transformed by Lent”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "LENTEN TRANSFORMATION" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 21, 2021

“Jesus emerges from the desert and begins his ministry. And what is his ministry? Proclaiming the Good News of God. What other news could he share? He has made his way out of the desert eager to let others know that God is good and that God is with us through all.”

Catholic Women Preach | Diana Marin | February 18, 2024

“And what's incredible and what we hear in today's Gospel reading is that Jesus, God, enters into that spiritual wilderness for the love of the people whom he saw, whom he loved, who were there”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Juan P. Ruiz | February 18, 2024

“You are and you have always been a part of the plan of God”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | February 18, 2024

“and now Jesus, tempted by Satan is going to be tested just like Adam was tested but he's going to pass the test and instead of bringing sin and suffering and death, he's going to bring life, peace, and righteousness and resurrection”

Catholic Productions | "The Wild Beasts and the New Adam" | Brant Pitre | February 15, 2021
Overall Readings

“Lent is a time to enter the desert, to enter into a time of simplicity, of paring down what we accumulate, what we want and to rest on the truth that God will always provide exactly what we need. This indeed is the grace needed for our planet and also for ourselves.”

Catholic Women Preach | Christina Leano | February 18, 2018

“It is not about me as an individual becoming a better person, although let's hope that happens, it's about opening myself in trust to the signs of what God is doing in me but even more importantly in the world”

U.S. Catholic magazine | David Cloutier | February 11, 2021

“Church, don't you know that God is never going to put you in a place where he's going to take his angels away from you? We ought to trust in that, that's the mighty God that we serve.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 21, 2021

“Lent is meant to challenge all of us not so much about giving something up but taking something on. Lent is an invitation for us to get right, to get in the right space with the Lord.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "Fish sticks, tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | February 21, 2021

“Lent brings with it the promise of Easter rebirth and renewal”

Catholic Women Preach | Tia Noelle Pratt | February 21, 2021

“For if you know yourself no one will be able to talk down on you, no one will be able to make you think less of yourself. Because Jesus took his time to reflect on his identity he was able to face the temptations that the devil brought.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | February 18, 2021