Today the Catholic Church celebrates the First Sunday of Lent.

Jasjot Singh

This March 6 the Catholic Church celebrates the First Sunday of Lent. The Gospel of the day corresponds to the reading of Saint Luke 4, 1-13, a passage that narrates the moment in which Jesus is tempted in the desert.

Below you can read the Gospel and the Homily of the Bishop of Santa María de los Ángeles (Chile), Felipe Bacarreza Rodríguez:

Gospel of the day (Saint Luke 4, 1-13)

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
2for forty days, tempted by the devil. He did not eat anything in those days and, at the end of them, he felt hungry.
3Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into bread.”
4Jesus replied, “It is written: Man does not live by bread alone.”
5 Taking him to a height, he showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the earth;
6And the devil said to him, “I will give you all the power and glory of these kingdoms, because it has been given to me, and I give it to whomever I want.
7If then you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8Jesus replied, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord your God, and him alone you shall worship.”
9He took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the eaves of the Temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here;
10 because it is written: He will commend you to his angels to keep you.
11 And: In their hands they will carry you so that your foot does not strike any stone.
12Jesus replied, “It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
13When all temptation was finished, the devil departed from him until an opportune time.

You can review the other liturgical readings of the day at the following link: https://www.aciprensa.com/calendario/calendario.php?dia=6&mes=3&ano=2022

Homily of Archbishop Bacarreza:

The Gospel of this First Sunday of Lent presents us with the episode of the temptations that Jesus endured in the desert.

The evangelist Luke introduces the story with these words: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit in the desert for forty days, tempted by the devil.” After this introduction he goes on to detail the temptations. The entire episode of the temptations in the desert will be included between two clear mentions of the Holy Spirit. “When all temptation was over, the devil departed from him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee by the power of the Spirit, and his fame spread throughout the region” (Lk 4:14). No one can be led by the Spirit into an ambush. If Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert and there he was tempted, that happened for a saving purpose. Indeed, resisting temptation and defeating the devil, Jesus repaired the falls of man – of Adam and of Israel in the desert – and thus gave glory to his Father.

To read the complete homily you can click on the following link: https://www.aciprensa.com/homilias/homilia.php?id=677

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