First Sunday of Lent
February 21, 2021
Temptation in the Desert
The Sunday Readings: bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022121.cfm
Questions for Reflection & Study
Question for Children: What will you do this Lent to become more like Jesus? ¿Qué harás en esta Cuaresma para asemejarte más a Jesús?
Question for Youth: Lent gives us a chance to do things differently – to "go to the desert." How can you make Lent a time for growing in faith? La Cuaresma nos da una oportunidad de hacer las cosas de otra manera, de "ir al desierto". ¿Cómo puedes hacer que la Cuaresma sea un tiempo de crecimiento en la fe?
Question for Adults: What is the one area of your life which you most want to "reform" as you get ready to embrace the Gospel, what is it? ¿Cuál es el área de su vida que más desea "reformar" mientras se prepara para abrazar el Evangelio?
From Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau
Imagine what Jesus’ initial preaching would be like today if he began his public ministry in Evansville Indiana, at the beginning of Lent .
Something for Kids & Families
LENTEN BRAINSTORMING: Lead the family in brainstorming for ways you can make the season of Lent more meaningful. If necessary, make suggestions such as spending time each day in prayer and Bible reading; performing good deeds such as washing someone's car windows, washing the nursery toys, cleaning up liter, reading a book to a small child or making a card for someone who is sick.
RECREATE THE SCENE: So here is Jesus in the desert with wild beast and angels. Encourage your kids to recreate the scene with paper and markers, legos, clay or even a little sand.
SAND ART - It would be a good week for some sand art if you have any colored sand around
Something for Everyone
Lent With Friends
This Lenten season Holy Rosary encourages you to participate in LENT WITH FRIENDS- an initiative encouraging parishioners to find 3-5 friends that you will pray, study or serve with during the 40 days of Lent.
Friend groups will choose for themselves how and when they will meet (in person, over the phone or virtually) and what they will study. Suggestions are included in the file below.
Please Pray For....
On Sunday February 21st the 7 people preparing for the Easter Sacraments will be presented to Bishop Siegel at the Rite of Election and the Rite of the Call to Continued Conversion. Even though you have not seen these folks at Mass they have been diligently preparing to become a part of the Catholic Church.
Our Candidates & Catechumen Are:
Brandon Davis, Jazmin Dominguez- Perez, Brent Miley, Carrie Patterson, Doug Patterson, Brandon Whitfield and Rae Zirkelbach.
Temptation in the Desert
In Mark's Gospel, this week, we hear that the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the desert right after his baptism, where he was tempted by Satan. And we know that he was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on him. That is it. If this were the only Gospel we read we would not know what that temptation looked like. Both Matthew and Luke describe three different temptations by the devil - check them out in Matthew 4:1-11 OR Luke 4:1-13.
I am not sure what scholars say about why Mark did not share the temptations - but maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe the point for us is that there will be temptations. That the devil or Satan is waiting for moments when our faith is weak to tempt us to turn away from God. Satan tempts us with power, pleasure and wealth - which can be far more enticing than service, sacrifice and a cross. Sometimes, I think that the devil works even harder on us when our faith is strong....when we have had powerful encounters with God. These is more at stake.
So how do we withstand the temptations? The three Lenten Practices outlined by the Church can be just what we need.
Something for Adults
Here is your Lectio Divina Link for the week:
Saint Óscar Romero
Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 -1980. He was outspoken about the rights of all people and social justice. He was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass. He is a martyr of the Church
Here is a play about the life of Saint Óscar Romero (in both English www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/saints/saints-activities/plays/a-play-oscar-romero/#entry:2301:url/
and Spanish www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/espanol/santos/oscar-romero/#entry:10131:url/