1st Sunday of Lent (C)

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Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 – Present

MARCH 10, 2019

ANGELUS: SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

Three Ways the World Misleads Us

In responding to the tempter, Jesus does not enter a discussion, but responds to the three challenges with only the Word of God.

The three temptations point to three paths that the world always offers, promising great success, three paths to mislead us: greed for possession — to have, have, have —, human vainglory and the exploitation of God. These are three paths that will lead us to ruin….

These are the paths that are set before us, with the illusion that in this way one can obtain success and happiness. But in reality, they are completely extraneous to God’s mode of action; rather, in fact they distance us from God, because they are the works of Satan. Jesus, personally facing these trials, overcomes temptation three times in order to fully adhere to the Father’s plan. And he reveals the remedies to us: interior life, faith in God, the certainty of his love — the certainty that God loves us, that he is Father, and with this certainty we will overcome every temptation.

But there is one thing to which I would like to draw your attention, something interesting. In responding to the tempter, Jesus does not enter a discussion, but responds to the three challenges with only the Word of God. This teaches us that one does not dialogue with the devil; one must not discuss, one only responds to him with the Word of God.

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ANGELUS: APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO MEXICO

Remembering the Difficult Situations We Have Passed

How much each one of you has suffered to reach this moment

In the first reading of this Sunday, Moses offers a directive to the people. At harvest time, a the time of abundance and first fruits, do not forget your beginnings, do not forget where you came from. Thanksgiving is something which is born and grows among a people capable of remembering. It is rooted in the past, and through good and bad times, it shapes the present. In those moments when we can offer thanks to God for the earth giving us its fruits and thereby helping us make bread, Moses invites his people to remember by enumerating the difficult situations through which it has passed (cf. Deut 26:5-11).

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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1st Sunday of Lent (C)

Pope Benedict XVI

April 19, 2005 – February 28, 2013

FEBRUARY 21, 2010

ANGELUS: SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

Remembering the Difficult Situations We Have Passed

The temptations were… the consequence of Jesus’ decision to carry out the mission entrusted to him

The Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent illustrates it for us with the account of the temptations of Jesus in the desert. The Evangelist St Luke recounts that after receiving Baptism from John, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil” (Lk 4: 1). There is a clear insistence on the fact that the temptations were not just an incident on the way but rather the consequence of Jesus’ decision to carry out the mission entrusted to him by the Father to live to the very end his reality as the beloved Son who trusts totally in him. Christ came into the world to set us free from sin and from the ambiguous fascination of planning our life leaving God out. He did not do so with loud proclamations but rather by fighting the Tempter himself, until the Cross. This example applies to everyone: the world is improved by starting with oneself, changing, with God’s grace, everything in one’s life that is not going well…

Lent is like a long “retreat” in which to re-enter oneself and listen to God’s voice in order to overcome the temptations of the Evil One and to find the truth of our existence. It is a time, we may say, of spiritual “training” in order to live alongside Jesus not with pride and presumption but rather by using the weapons of faith: namely prayer, listening to the Word of God and penance. In this way we shall succeed in celebrating Easter in truth, ready to renew our baptismal promises.

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1st Sunday of Lent (C)

Pope Saint John Paul II

October 16, 1978 – April 2, 2005

FEBRUARY 29, 2004

ANGELUS: SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

Jesus’ Victory Over the Evil One

Lent invites us to make a special commitment to the process of spiritual growth

Today, the First Sunday of Lent, the Gospel presents to us Christ who, after having received Baptism from John in the Jordan, withdrew into the desert, led by the Holy Spirit, where he remained for 40 days. The Gospel account once again brings to our attention the three well-known temptations that are an echo of the ancient deception whereby Satan caused the fall of our first parents. But Christ, the new Adam, overcomes them, decisively rejecting the tempter: “It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God‘” (Lk 4: 12).

Jesus’ victory over the Evil One assures us that we will not succumb at the moment of trial as long as we remain united to the Lord. In this perspective, Lent invites us to make a special commitment to the process of spiritual growth.

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SOURCE: The Holy See Archive at the Vatican Website © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

1st Sunday of Lent (C)

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NOTE: Usually, Lent has already started by now, but this year it is late. When the Church’s liturgical calendar return to ordinary time in June, it resumes with the 9th or 10th Sunday of the year, so the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time is rarely celebrated.

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