First Sunday of Lent: 10 March 2019 - Luke 4

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 10:00
In our recent spring newsletter, the Prior Provincial, Fr Kevin Alban has suggested how we might understand the gospel for each of the five Sundays of Lent, and how we might pray them. Each week, we'll add these reflections to this website so you can read them and prepare for the Gospel before Sunday:
 
First Sunday of Lent: 10 March 2019 - Luke 4
 
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted.
 
The place that Jesus chooses to prepare himself for his ministry is lonely, empty and barren. In this location Jesus comes face to face with some key questions:
• What nourishes humanity? Bread alone or something more?
• Who exercises power over humanity? Our selfish needs or God’s will?
• How will humanity relate to God? By putting Him to the test or by trusting in his protection?
 
The three temptations that Jesus experiences also present us with three questions at the beginning of Lent.
 
I hope that Lent proves to be a fruitful time for you. One way of deepening our appreciation of this season might be to read the Sunday gospel during the preceding week so that when we hear it again at Mass we are really familiar with it.