Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Description: For the 1st Sunday of Lent, this reflection invites your parishioners to increase their holiness by asking: How do you deal with temptation? That’s the personal challenge given to us by the Word of God on the first Sunday of Lent. And so we begin our journey with Jesus, traveling to the holiest place we can reach at this point in our lives. What victory do you need? What needs to be resurrected? To get there, Jesus will lead you through the cross of penance and self-denial, into his tomb, and out into God’s light where his love provides healing and new life.
For discussion groups such as RCIA and Small Christian Communities (SCC), this handout asks:
- In the story from Genesis, what did Adam and Eve need to die to (let go of, put aside, or reject) in order to resist the Original Sin? Why didn’t they?
- In the reading from Romans, we hear about the abundant grace and the gift of justification that Jesus provided to each of us when he died on the cross. How does this grace and justification give us life? In other words, how does God help us to resist sin?
- Looking at the Gospel passage, what did Jesus have to die to in the desert so that he could say no to temptation?
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 1st Sunday of Lent, adult education, Lenten faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.
Lenten resources for individual, private use can be found free on our non-profit site, Good News Ministries.