You are invited to take a deeper look at the lessons from the liturgy of the day, on Sundays and Holy Days in Lent. Clergy and lay leaders have prepared this resource especially for you as a gift from the Center for Spirituality at Christ Church. The brief reflections include links to the reading for the day, and questions for you to consider.
The First Sunday in Lent
This passage begins and ends with abundance- God’s people harvested the bounty from the land, made an offering of the first fruit, then celebrated what the Lord had given. Yet God’s people also experienced harsh affliction and oppression, and cried out to the Lord. God responded with “an outstretched arm”. When have you experienced both abundance and affliction in your life? How did you respond to God’s “outstretched arm”? In what ways do you celebrate what the Lord has given?
We are reminded to put our trust in God. When has trusting God come easily for you? When has placing your trust in God been difficult? Who or what helped you through those difficult times?
Consider the verse: “… the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.” There are many ways to call on the Lord, and with each call, we proclaim our faith in him. What are some of the ways in which you call upon God? How have you experienced that “the Lord of all is generous to all who call on him”?
Jesus is tempted by an unrelenting devil for forty days in the wilderness. The devil even quotes a passage from Psalms 91, which we explored above, in an attempt to challenge Jesus’s faith in God. When have you experienced temptation that tested your faith in God? How did you respond to this temptation?
In this Gospel passage, Jesus reminds the devil: “It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” What gets in your way as you strive to serve God? During Lent, what might help you feel “full of the Holy Spirit” as Jesus was after his baptism?