First Sunday in Lent
February 26, 2023
Theme: Go and proclaim: “Every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of GOD.”
First Reading: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 32:1-2,5, 7, 11
Second Reading: Romans 5:12-17
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
Homily by Fr. Romie-Jun Peñalosa

Lent is a solemn season, but it is not a sad season. We begin to understand ourselves as we pray and fast.

In the Gospel, Fr. Jun reminds us of the three things that we must observe during this season as we devote our time to the Lord in prayer and fasting. First, we must know God’s will for us. Most of the time, our thoughts are so crowded with so many things. It fills our hearts and we end up meditating on these things rather than focus on God. We need to find time to be still and be quiet before the Lord because we need to hear God’s will for us. This is important because God will not bless anything that is outside of His will. We must find our true self in the life of Christ. We must focus on allowing God to reveal our weaknesses so that we will rely on Jesus more rather than ourselves. Examine our lives and pattern it to what God says. Rise up and enjoy the newness of life. But before we do that, we must make space for God.

Secondly, we must do God’s will in His way. When we do it on our own way, we will not succeed. Lastly, we must do it in God’s time. Everything has its perfect timing. Spend time with God. Make space for God so that we would know His way and will and do it in His perfect timing.

Homily Recap by Riana Chelle Montero

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