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First Sunday of Lent
February 13
1st Sunday of Lent

Readings: Genesis 2: 7-9, 3: 1-7, Psalm 51,
Romans 5: 12-19, Matthew 4: 1-11


We have begun Lent, so we set aside our reading of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount until after the Easter Season, when Ordinary Time begins again. Now, we begin to meditate on the mystery of sin in our lives. There is so much that can be said. One good thing for us to meditate on is what sin is.
Satan’s temptation of Eve says so much about the nature of sin. When Eve answers Satan’s question that God has given them all the fruit of the garden except the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Satan’s response is one of the greatest ironies in the scriptures. The first thing Satan does is God call a liar. Even though God had said that Adam and Eve would die if they ate the fruit, Satan says, “No, you will not die.” In effect, he says, “God is lying to you.” Then he says this interesting thing. “God knows that the moment you eat of it, you will be like God.”
The fact is they already were! It is the first thing we hear about what it means to be human in Genesis 1:26-28. Adam and Eve were created like God in the beginning.
Then Satan says that after they have become like God, they will know what is good from what is evil. This is not in the sense that they will be able to discern between good and evil, they already could do that. What this really means is that they will be able to decide what is good and what is evil for themselves, without any reference to God, in effect, making themselves their own God.
So first, Satan gets them to doubt the goodness of God. Then he gets them to doubt their own dignity they have from being created in God’s image. Then he gets them to decide that they want to be their own God.
All of our sins follow this pattern. We decide that God cannot be trusted. Whatever God tells us is good for us isn’t really good for us, and whatever God has said is bad for us isn’t really so bad. In doing this, we decide that we’re not really good enough the way we are either. I can make myself better if I do this or that, because I’m not good enough doing the things that God has told me to do. And so we become our own god. Rather than following God’s will for us, who really knows us, we decide to follow our own will. We become the center of our lives. When I sin, I have decided that I am now God.
Lent has begun. Let us take seriously the act that we participated in on Ash Wednesday. Let us truly repent of our sins through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

This Lent, how can we make our God truly the God of our lives?

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01/29/2014Presentation of the Lord
01/22/2014Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/15/2014Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/09/2014The Baptism of the Lord
12/11/2013Third Sunday in Advent
10/30/2013October 6, 2013
10/23/2013October 27, 2013
10/16/2013October 20, 2013
10/09/2013October 13, 2013
09/23/2013September 29, 2013
08/21/2013August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/31/2012November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/24/2012October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/17/2012October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
02/29/2012Second Sunday of Lent
01/31/2012
01/18/2012Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
08/24/2010August 29th
08/17/2010August 22, 2010
08/12/2010Assumption of Mary
05/25/2009Pentecost The Birthday of the Church
05/29/2008Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/16/200629th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/13/200628th Sunday in Ordinary Time
06/28/2006Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/23/2006January 29th, 2006
01/16/2006January 22nd, 2006
01/09/2006January 15th, 2006
01/02/2006Epiphany
12/28/2005New Years Day
11/21/2005First Sunday of Advent
11/14/2005Solemnity of Christ the King
11/09/2005November 13, 2005
09/27/2005October 2, 2005
09/19/2005September 25, 2005
09/13/2005September 18, 2005
09/05/2005September 11, 2005
08/31/2005September 4, 2005
07/11/2005July 17, 2005
07/07/2005July 10, 2005
07/06/2005July 3, 2005
06/21/2005June 26, 2005
06/14/2005June 19th, 2005
05/23/2005Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
05/16/2005Holy Trinity Sunday
05/09/2005Pentecost
05/05/2005May 8, 2005
04/26/2005May 1st, 2005
04/18/2005Fifth Sunday of Easter
04/11/2005Fourth Sunday of Easter
04/06/2005THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
04/06/2005Divine Mercy Sunday
04/05/2005Holy Thursday Homily
03/27/2005EASTER
03/25/2005The Passion of John
03/14/2005PALM SUNDAY
03/07/2005FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
02/28/2005Fourth Sunday of Lent
02/23/2005Third Sunday of Lent
02/14/2005Second Sunday of Lent
02/10/2005First Sunday of Lent
02/07/2005Ash Wednesday
01/31/2005Feb. 6, 2005
01/24/2005January 30th, 2005
01/17/2005January 23, 2005
01/10/2005January 16, 2005
01/05/2005January 9th, 2005
01/02/2005January 2, 2005
12/28/2004Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st
12/26/2004Feast of the Holy Family
12/22/2004Christmas
12/13/2004Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6. Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.
12/06/2004Third Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10. James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
12/01/2004Second Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17. Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12
11/29/2004First Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9. Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.
11/22/2004The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5, Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43