The Season of Lent

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1st Sunday of Lent

Lk 4: 1- 13

My dear friends, the season of Lent is coming. As a Christian, you and I are invited to ponder upon the meaning of this Season. What is the purpose of Lent? What is its meaning? Why do we fast and what is its meaning? Those questions will be answered in the coming weeks of Lent. Hopefully, Lent this year will help you to deepen your faith and love in serving others, especially for Thieu Nhi Thanh The.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday. The six Sundays in Lent will not be counted because Sunday is celebrated as a mini-Easter. 40 days of Lent holds a symbolic meaning and reminds us of the following: Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai; the Noah family lived in the big ship for 40 days of flood; the Jewish people journeyed toward the Promised Land in desert for 40 years; and Jesus fasted and praying for 40 days in desert.

The liturgy of the Word on Sundays is arranged according to the need of the season of Lent. The first Readings of the first five Sundays recall the great periods of Israel in the Old Testament. The second Readings are chosen as a link the Old Testament Readings with the Gospel. Each Sunday, the Gospel will gradually reveal the ultimate mission of Christ who came to fulfill the promise of salvation to humankind.

The first Sunday of Lent, the Church invites us to go to the desert with Jesus. The context of the Gospel happened after the Baptism of Jesus. In the theological view of Luke, all baptized Christians have to follow Jesus’ model. Therefore, baptism will not exclude temptations; however, Baptism and other Sacraments will help us to live faithfully with the Lord who daily invites us to follow him. No matter how difficult the temptation we have, we can overcome them with the help of Jesus if we trust and surrender our lives to Him.

Lord, help me to open my heart and willingly accept your invitations. Amen.

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