First Sunday of Lent Reflection
By Sr. Margaret Golub, OSU
Today’s reading from the gospel of Mark is very short:
“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Last year the reading was from the gospel of Matthew. It had only the part where Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights and was tempted. It included many details and went from Matthew 4:1-11.
Pope Francis wrote a homily for this first Sunday of Lent, and here are some of his reflections on the passage. “’Repent, and believe in the gospel,’ that is, believe in the Good News that the kingdom of God is at hand. In our lives, we always need to convert—every day! …
Lent is a time of repentance, but it is not a time of sorrow! It is a time of penance, but it is not a time of sorrow, of mourning – it is a joyous and serious commitment to strip ourselves of our selfishness, of our “old man” and to renew ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism.”
At this time the important thing for us is not what Matthew, Mark or Francis wrote but how is God speaking to us today? Where is the Holy Spirit leading you, leading me? How will I respond and convert? Have a grace-filled, joyous Lent!