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Lenten Reflections 2013 - First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent -  Reflection

What role has God in my life today?

Do I feel that I have outlived my need of God?

Do I allow God to be part of my life, a part of my decisions?

Do I acknowledge that God has a plan for me?

What is God's plan for me, for my family, for the family of humankind?

Where is God now?

 

Put God at the centre of our lives

God has a unique plan for each one of our lives. Like Jesus in the Gospel today we are called to be in relationship with God our Father, to rely not on ourselves but on God, the Holy Spirit who leads us, who strengthens us to be faithful to our calling to build up God's Kingdom here on earth ... to be Christ's presence in the world today.

God's plan for us will not be without difficulty or suffering. There will be temptation and sacrifice. But God's plan has our best interests at heart. It allows us to be true to who we really are. It puts God at the centre of our lives. It will lead to ultimate joy and eternal peace. God's plan for each one of us is a gift that is offered not forced.

This Lent we are called to focus on our relationship with God, to do whatever is necessary to put God at the centre of our lives. We need to discover and trust God's plan for our life and to resist the temptation to be our own god. We need to acknowledge that there is only one God.

 

Pray Psalm 90

Response: Be with me, O Lord in my distress

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

and abides in the shade of the Almighty

says to the Lord, 'My refuge,

my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!' 

Response: Be with me, O Lord in my distress

 

Upon you no evil shall fall,

no plague approach where you dwell.

For you has he commanded his angels,

to keep you in all your ways.

Response: Be with me, O Lord in my distress

 

They shall bear you upon their hands

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

On the lion and the viper you will tread

and trample the young lion and the dragon.

Response: Be with me, O Lord in my distress

 

His love he set on me, so I will rescue him;

protect him for he knows my name.

When he calls I shall answer: 'I am with you.'

I will save him in distress and give him glory.

Response: Be with me, O Lord in my distress