Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent, by S. Patty Campbell

1stSundayLentFirst Reading: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7
Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19

Gospel: Matthew 11:1-11

Have mercy on me, O Lord, in your goodness wipe away my offenses (Ps. 51).

We begin this first weekend of Lent listening to Jesus teaching us how to break from temptation in order to turn back to God.  Jesus tells us: God alone shall we worship and him alone.  The Lenten season is six weeks of moving from our allowing ourselves to offend God and others to once more accept God alone as our way, our truth, our life.  This calls us to love others as we love God.  It is not an easy call, but we are never alone.  God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us on the way to holiness and peace.  May we turn from our offenses and trust that through Jesus, the Spirit will show us the way: God’s WAY.


Patty Campbell, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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