Reflection from Fr. Taylor: February 18, 2018, 1st Sunday of Lent

Genesis 9:8-15    1 Peter 3:18-22    Mark 1:12-15

Each year on the First Sunday of Lent one of the Gospel writers give us the story of Jesus in the desert, and encounter with Satan. As dramatic as it may seem, an encounter with evil is a part of the human condition. As Mark advises us temptation is a real challenge.

One gift that God gave us is freewill. It is sad to say we have also the freedom to misuse this free will. We can move our life in one direction or another and sometimes to our own detriment we take the wrong road. Lent is a time to think about all of this especially as we look at the whole idea of penance and reconciliation. It is a time of return to the Lord and one another.

Lent comes early this year in the heart of winter time, but as we anticipate Spring we also can anticipate a new life that we can have in Jesus Christ. After all this is why He came into our world to make that difference.

Whatever you do throughout this Lenten Season please remember that it is more for you than for God. As we enjoy Lent together let’s remind ourselves that we are all in this together. We are all sinners and we all need to be redeemed and saved. Hopefully Lent will give us many opportunities to do just that.

May you have a Blessed and Peace-filled Lenten season

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