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Sunday Reflection – 26 February 2023

First Sunday of Lent

Also Read: Mass Readings for 26 February 2023 Homily for 26 February 2023 – Sunday

First Reading: Genesis 2: 7-9; 3: 1-7

2 (7) Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 

On this first Sunday of Lent, we are reminded about our ‘fall’. We are urged at the beginning of this Lenten Season to be watchful of the crafty one. We are not to tell him anything that the Lord has told us! We are not to interact with evil. Sometimes we might hear a certain voice that prompts discord in our minds! If we have remained in touch with The Holy Spirit, who is our helper given by Jesus; we will be able to discern those words. Then we can turn away from evil every time it perks its head.

May Our Lord God Help us! Amen!

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 51: 3-6, 12-13, 14 and 17

You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. (6)


Second Reading: Romans 5: 12-19

For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (19)

This is a detailed account of how Christ is the new Adam. Though we were born with original sin, we will be raised in Christ. 


Gospel: Matthew 4: 1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (1)

Just like the first humans on earth, Jesus too was tempted. Satan uses the same old bag of tricks, and he does so even today! Christ Jesus knew hunger and pain just like us, yet he did not succumb to the vile of the devil. Like Jesus, we too must be prepared with God’s written words to command and rebuke the evil away from us. To know God’s words, we ought to be daily bible readers. The busier our work schedules, the more necessary it is to pick up the Bible, read, and pray; quietly and diligently. There is no better alternative to combating the forces of darkness, than the Words of God himself. 

May we resolve this Lenten season to read Our Lord’s words, first thing every morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Wishing You A Blessed Lenten Season!

Maryanne Cardoz-Mascarenhas
Maryanne Cardoz-Mascarenhas
Maryanne Cardoz-Mascarenhas is a Former Teacher and an avid Bible-Reader. With her flair for the language, she now divides her time blogging and writing on Catholic and other Spiritual topics. When not volunteering she loves baking, reading, and singing.

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