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Vol: 46, No.19 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 10 2019  
on behalf of the nation and on behalf of the person making the offering. The worshipper places the first fruits in a basket. He then proceeds to the place prescribed by Yahweh, reporting to the officiating priest, “I declare this day to the Lord my God that I have entered the land which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.” At this point, the priest accepts the basket and places it before the altar. Then the worshipper would make the profession of faith by recalling the major events in his history. “My father was a wandering Aramaean… a land flowing with milk and honey.”
2ND Reading:
In this passage Paul affirms that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. In the Old Testament those who “call upon the name of the Lord” denote sincere and pious Israelites; in the New Testament it is transferred to Christians. Paul also affirms that as far as salvation is concerned, God makes no distinction between Jews and Greeks. All have the equal opportunity to accept and live the faith. As the Israelites in the first reading make a confession of faith, a Christian too should make his confession of faith. His confession consists in professing Jesus as Lord and that God has raised him from the dead. One must utter the basic Christian confession of faith and really mean it.
The devil subjects Jesus to three temptations. In the first temptation Jesus is challenged to use his power as Son in
his own interest to seek food for himself apart from his Father’s design. Jesus rejects the challenge by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, “Not on bread alone is man to live.”
In the second temptation, Jesus is challenged to accept dominion over world-kingdoms from someone other than God. The tempter is challenging Jesus to acknowledge someone other than the Father as his Master and Lord. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:13, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only you shall serve.”
In the third and final temptation, Jesus is challenged again to use his power to reveal himself with dazzling effect to his contemporaries and to conform to the popular ideas of what a heaven-sent leader of the people will be like. Jesus resists the devil by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” Jesus rejects the challenge to demand miraculous protection of himself. Implicit in his answer is the rebuke to remember that no one can demand such intervention from God merely to suit his fancy or whim.In each of the temptations the devil is vanquished by Jesus, the Son of God, by quoting Scripture. Thus, at the very outset of his ministry, Jesus is portrayed as the “more powerful one” standing guard over his Father’s plan and obedient to Scripture itself. Jesus, who himself has been tempted, is qualified to offer us assistance; as a sinless person he shows that temptations do not necessarily lead to sin.
– AK
March 2019 (1st Week of Lent, Year I) Psalter Week 1
11 Mon (V) Lev 19:1-2, 11-18/ Ps 19:8-10, 15/ Mt 25:31-46
12 Tue (V) Isa 55:10-11/ Ps 34:4-7, 16-19/ Mt 6:7-15
13 Wed (V) Jon 3:1-10/ Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19/ Lk 11:29-32
14 Thu (V) Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25/ Ps 138:1-3, 7-8/ Mt 7:7-12
15 Fri (V) Ezek 18:21-28/ Ps 130:1-8/ Mt 5:20-26
16 Sat (V) Deut 26:16-19/ Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8/ Mt 5:43-48 Visit us at:
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