Readings & Reflection Questions

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SUNDAY READINGS

The First Sunday of Lent, March 1, (Cycle A) The Second Sunday of Lent, March 8, (Cycle A)
First Reading: Genesis 2:7-9;3:1-7
Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19 or Romans 5:12, 17-19
Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Following his baptism, Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days.  There he faced the very same temptations to stop trusting in God’s care and power that Adam and Eve faced in the desert — the same temptations faced by the Israelites in their forty-year journey through the desert to the Promised Land.  Jesus shares the experience of his people but stays faithful and trusting.   In the Gospel today Jesus and three of his disciples go to the top of the mountain, the traditional place where God speaks and shows himself. Jesus again hears his own call, a reminder of who he is and the great trial that lies ahead. Peter, James and John, the same three disciples who will be with him during the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, are blessed with a vision of Jesus as the risen Lord in all his glory. This vision and call move them down the mountain and toward the promise of glory on the other side of suffering.

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

What was your most recent desert experience?

Have you been able to overcome temptations to water down or give up announcing the Good News in today’s world?

What are the hungers in your life?

Relate a time in your life you were able to “move on” despite fear of the unknown.

What feelings did you experience when you were required to “leave home” to move to a new place?

Describe a time when the joy of the moment gave you a sense that the rest of your life was indeed worthwhile.

 

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