The Weekend of March 9-10
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the First Sunday of Lent.
In the Readings
First Reading Deuteronomy 26:4-10
During Lent, the First Readings tell the story of Salvation History in the Old Testament of the Bible. In this weekend’s First Reading, Moses tells the people to offer a sacrifice to God and give Him thanks for delivering them from Egypt. God brought them into a new land flowing with milk and honey, and as thanks the people will offer Him the first food harvested from it while bowing down in His presence.
Second Reading Romans 10:8-13
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and we believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. Scripture tells us, “no one who believes in Him will be put to shame.” It doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Gospel Luke 4:1-13
In the Gospel, Jesus goes into the desert for forty days to be tempted by the devil. During those forty days, Jesus doesn’t eat anything, so He is hungry when the devil tells Him to command a stone to become bread. Jesus replies, “It is written, ‘One does not live on bread alone.'” The devil shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and says he will give them to Jesus if He worships him. Jesus replies, “It is written, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, and Him alone shall you serve.'” The devil then has Jesus stand on the parapet of the temple in Jerusalem and tells Him to jump off saying that it is written “He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you,” and, “With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus replies, “It also says, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'” When the devil is done tempting Jesus, he departs from Him for a time.
The Parish Life Committee has created Lenten Journey Bags. They contain numerous resources to help you become transformed this Lent! Committee members will hand them out after Mass this weekend. One bag per family please. Some of the contents include the Little Black Book of daily reflections, a schedule of Lent and Holy Week activities, information about our sister parish in Haiti, a Lenten calendar for kids, and a summary of the weekly reflections.
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall following the Gloria.
The St. Columbkille Elementary School Choir will join us at the 8:30 Mass to lead us in our music!
After the 11:00 Mass, we will welcome a new member into God’s family through the sacrament of Baptism.
Picture Lent. You’re probably thinking about what you’re going to give up this year and what fish fries you’ll try to go to. While these are good things to do, we sometimes lose sight of what Lent is really calling us to. This season calls us to something much more wonderful and terrifying. It can be hard to think about, but Lent calls us to be transformed. This is a time to let the Holy Spirit into our lives and to allow our lives to be positively changed by that presence. Join us as we each ask, “How am I going to allow the Holy Spirit to transform me this Lent?”
This week’s focus is “Resist.”
- Resist exercising power to stay the same.
- Resist the glory in saying, “I’m good enough.”
- Resist the voice that says, “Enough is not enough.”
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