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First Sunday of Lent

Lent – a new liturgical season, and an opportunity to start again.
We can give thanks to God for giving us this season of grace. Lent is
closely associated with God’s Covenant and with baptism, and the
readings this Sunday strongly underline this.

In the First Reading from Genesis, God makes a Covenant with
Noah’s people, saved from the flood by the ark. It is a Covenant of
peace, symbolized by the rainbow.

St Paul, in the Second Reading, reminds us that just as Noah is
saved from the waters, so we are saved by the waters of baptism.
It is a pledge made to God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Psalm is a prayer that we may walk in God’s ways: a suitable
prayer for beginning our Lenten journey.

The account of the temptations of Christ in Mark’s Gospel is very
brief. It is only after this experience that Jesus begins his ministry,
calling people to repent and believe the Good News.

This week, we may give thanks for ‘this joyful season’ (as the
Lenten preface calls it) – a time to prepare to celebrate the paschal

Source: St Beuno’s Outreach

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