Study, Pray, Serve: 1st Sunday of Lent

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Here are some of the powerful themes that surface in the 1st Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7

  • God breathes life into the man who is formed from the clay.
  • In the garden in Eden, God plants many trees, including the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  • The serpent tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and she and Adam eat it.

Psalm – 51:3-6,12-13,17

  • “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”
  • Acknowledging our sins, we call upon the Lord for mercy and ask for a clean heart and a steadfast spirit.

2nd Reading – Romans 5:12-19

  • Through the transgression of one man (Adam) condemnation came upon all, so, through one righteous act (Jesus) acquittal and life came to all.
  • Through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so, through the obedience of the one (Jesus), the many will be made righteous.

Gospel – Matthew 4:1-11

  • Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert, where he fasts for forty days and nights and is then tempted by the devil.
  • The first temptation: command stones to become bread. Jesus rejects this, citing Deuteronomy 8:3.
  • The second temptation: jump off the parapet of the temple. Jesus rejects this, citing Deuteronomy 6:16.
  • The third temptation: worship Satan and receive the kingdoms of the world. Jesus rejects this, citing Deuteronomy 6:13.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Lent


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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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