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April 15, 2024


Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

First Sunday of Lent

Reading I : Deuteronomy 26:4-10

Worship the Lord your God.

  • Today's reading from the Book of Deuteronomy reflects the central beliefs of the Israelites.
  • The people offered a portion of the first harvest of the year to acknowledge that the land belonged to God.
  • The recited creed was an expression of gratitude to God.

Reading II : Romans 10:8-13

There is only one God.

  • The passage from the Letter to the Romans stresses Paul’s belief that Jesus is Lord.
  • Jesus trusted in God, his Father, and was raised from the dead.
  • What we must do to share in that salvation is simply to believe in the risen Lord.

Gospel : Luke 4:1-13

Jesus is led into the desert and tempted.

  • In today’s Gospel passage, the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
  • Just as God led Israel out of Egypt, nourished them for forty years in the desert, and gave them the Promised Land, so God would care for Jesus during and after his forty days in the desert.
  • Jesus passed the test because his trust in God never wavered.