First Sunday in Lent
Posted by prepareformass on February 22, 2009
Prepare for Mass – March 1, 2009 – (3/1/2009)
Sunday, March 1, is the First Sunday in Lent on the Church’s calendar.
Prepare for Easter
God established his covenant with Noah and his disciples in the form of a rainbow
The convenant God established promised that there will not be another flood to devastate the earth. Whenever the rainbow appears over the clouds, God recalls this covenant that the waters will never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings.
When we see a rainbow, it is familiar to us. But, Noah’s family were the first people to see this rainbow. This must have been an awesome sight.
During Lent, we might ask God to remember his covenent. Ps 25:4-5 LORD teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me.
In the responsorial Psalm the first week in Lent, together we proclaim – “Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant”.
In the second reading Peter reflects on how Noah’s family was saved through water. The same Spirit of Christ was present preaching, through Noah’s act of obedience, to the “imprisoned spirits”. The waters of the flood were a prefigurement of our own baptisms. The Baptism that saves us described as not a removal of the dirt from our bodies but an appeal to God through the Resurrection of Jesus that we spend a lifetime preparing to share in. In a Funeral Mass we hear these words..
Remember N., whom you have called from this life.
In baptism he (she) died with Christ:
may he (she) also share his resurrection.
In Lent we can start to think about our own fate. How do we prepare for the end of the game called life so that one day we can share in his Resurrection?
This Lent, we have the opportunity to encounter God in His creation to find the “Spirit of Christ”. We might go to the ocean or go on a nature walk admiring God’s handiwork. In the stillness and quiet we might talk to God’s Spirit.
Norah Jones has a beautiful voice and her song – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow What a Wonderful World” – is very inspiring.
Watch the video…
Jesus went to the desert for forty days to prepare for his public ministry.
We too have the opportunity to go to the desert to prepare to share in his Resurrection. We fast for forty days. We make an effort to be extra good. We give up things that we like. We fast.
Reflections on Lent from a couple of good Cardinals
Who needs the TV when you have the Internet. But, don’t forget to watch CatholicTV!
Enjoy… Prepare for Easter…