Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent – Year B

On this 1st Sunday of Lent the Scripture texts we read help us understand, more deeply, what Lent is all about. They are an ‘expose’ which guide us as we embark upon the journey to the Resurrection.

In the first reading, from the book of Genesis, we are reminded of the covenant that God made with Noah. In the second reading St Peter’s letter reminds us that we are only saved in and through Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Mark takes us right back to the beginning of Jesus’ public life, to the wilderness of temptation. Just as Jesus overcomes the tricks of the devil, so too we are invited, in Lent, to overcome anything that separates us from God.

This Sunday we learn that Lent is our wilderness, a time for renewing God’s covenant. We also learn that just as Jesus was exposed in the wilderness to the evil one and had to overcome him, Lent exposes us so that we too can overcome anything that hinders our whole-hearted response to God.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 24; 1 Peter 3:18-22 & Mark 1:12-15

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church. @rpollittsj
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