Vol: 45, No.16 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT ( B) February 18 2018  
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)
After the flood God made the solemn promise that he would not destroy life through another flood. This was a covenantal promise and so it would not be breached. But that does not mean that God will not test his people. During the desert wanderings, the Israelites were tested on many occasions. The testing of Jesus took place immediately after his baptism. Baptism was a solemn moment in the life of Jesus wherein he heard the assuring words of his Father that he was well pleased with his Son. Yet Jesus went to the desert and suffered the deprivations of all sorts. The victorious Jesus then began his public ministry calling people to repentance. What is our attitude when confronted with suffering and trials? Do we use them as opportunities for growth in our spiritual life? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/ my brothers and sisters,/ that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done/and in what I have failed to do,/ through my fault,/ through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask blessed Mary ever Virgin,/ all the Angels and Saints,/ and you, my brothers and sisters,/ to pray for me to the Lord our 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…
(After the flood God makes a covenant with Noah and promises him that the whole earth will not be destroyed by another flood. The sign of this covenant is the rainbow).
A reading from the Book of Genesis (9:8-15)
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And God said. “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
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