LISTEN: Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent — Year A

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ reflects on the importance of remembering and not forgetting. We are challenged to choose to return not only to the Lord but to ourselves. We are called to repent and establish right relationships with ourselves, our planet and our God. We hear in the Gospel how Jesus is tempted in the desert, which is an unforgiving and fear-filled place. But Jesus remembers who he is, and was revealed to be at his baptism. We are called to remember who we are and who we were revealed to be at our baptism too. In South Africa, in the days and weeks after the Budget announcement, we might be tempted to feel fearful too, and to hold on to grudges find it difficult to forgive. This Lent we are invited to let go of our fear and unforgiveness so that we can leave the Desert we find ourselves in and find the new life that God, the Father, promises all of us. Indeed, if we remember that we were lovingly sculpted into being by God, we need not fear, for God’s provision for us is always generous and overflowing. Let us pray this Lent that we can be as generous and forgiving with each other as God is with us.

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the readings for the First Sunday of Lent — Year A

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Matthew manages the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and is involved in the Spirituality work whilst completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and is also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa.

m.charlesworth@jesuitinstitute.org.za @mcharlesworth
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