2018/02/18 First Sunday of Lent

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4

In our first reading from Genesis 9, we hear the story of the covenant that God makes with Noah and his family. God promises them and us that “never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood.” He also said “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

Every time we see a beautiful rainbow in the sky, we should remember this covenant, this promise. Every time we should also recall the boundless mercy of the Lord.

Our Lord’s mercy for us is something for us to contemplate every day, but especially during Lent. As humans we are prone to sin, it is human nature. We can try not to, but it is hard. Lent is a time for us to examine our conscience and repent of our sins and seek forgiveness. God will forgive us, for he is merciful.

On Wednesday, February 14, some people celebrated Valentine’s Day, while most of us came to Mass to receive ashes on our foreheads – an outward sign that we are dust and to dust we will return.

During Lent, we may be tempted by the devil from time to time, it’s human nature. We may be tempted to commit certain sins, and possibly the same sins we have confessed before, but when we do we should recall what the priest or other minister said to us on Ash Wednesday as they placed ashes on our foreheads “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

I encourage everyone to consider coming to confession during Lent as well, especially if you have not been to confession in a while. On our Parish App there is a feature titled Confession that you may find helpful. It includes a section titled “How to Guide,” another titled “Examination of Conscience” and a section titled “Act of Contrition.” In addition there is also another separate feature tiled Lent with daily reflections for Lent.

As we prepare together to celebrate these 40 days, may the Lord transform your life and forgive you for all of your sins.

Rev. Robert L. Pope, Jr.
Vicario parroquial