Vol: 43, No.16 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) February 14 2016  
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days. (Ps 90:15-16)

Getting a person to make a confession against his will by using coercive means is at times practised by the justice department. The victim is made to undergo such extreme privations and torture that he/she loses control over his/her mental faculties. The devil tried such a method with Jesus. He tempted him at the end of the forty-day period when Jesus was weakened in body through rigorous fasting and enduring the extremities of the desert. The first temptation was aimed at satiating his need for food which is imaginable under such conditions. But two things went in favour of Jesus which the devil could not touch: Jesus is the Son of God and he is full of the Holy Spirit. We too will be tempted but our adopted sonship and our anointment by the Holy Spirit at baptism and confirmation are our defences against the allurement of the evil one. When tempted do we take recourse to our status as the sons and daughters of God? (Pause).

I confess to almighty God/....
Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

(Moses exhorts the people to make an offering of the first fruits when they go and take possession of the Promised Land. This should be coupled with a profession of faith that recounts their life in Egypt).
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (26:4-10)
Moses said to the people, “The priest shall take the basket from your hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God. And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering Aramaean was my father; and he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty and populous. And the Egyptians treated us harshly, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage. Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice, and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror, with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which thou, O Lord, hast given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (91)
Response: Be with me, O Lord, in my distress.
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