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1st Sunday of Lent – Cycle B
March 26th, 2012

Beloved And Bewildered






Reading 1
Gn 9:8-15

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
"See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."
God added:
"This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth,
and the bow appears in the clouds,
I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings,
so that the waters shall never again become a flood
to destroy all mortal beings."


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (cf. 10) Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Good and upright is the LORD,
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and he teaches the humble his way.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.


Reading II
1 Pt 3:18-22
Christ suffered for sins once,
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison,
who had once been disobedient
while God patiently waited in the days of Noah
during the building of the ark,
in which a few persons, eight in all,
were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God,
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.


Many people have asked me “What exactly is this Lent thing and why do some faith expressions take it so seriously?”  That’s a very good question.  I hope I can answer it so that it will make more sense to you.  First of, Lent is not a thing, not a movement, not a practice, not a process, and not limited to only certain faiths.  Lent is the story of Jesus and us, the story of the beginning of his ministry until his death on the cross and his glorious resurrection, and we are invited to go that journey with him.  So really then, Lent is an invitation to get to know our Lord and Savior intimately.  To walk with him the journey of our salvation as he had to do it for our sake, for our sinfulness, and most particular to restore for us, the gift of eternal life that was nullified by the sin of Adam and Eve.  When we have dared to walk with our sweet Jesus as was his journey and have lived even a bit of it, then our own faith will grow in leaps and bounds.  This is a time that we come to deny ourselves, to repent, to get beyond all that holds us down, and to fully understand that, indeed, as Jesus says himself, “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel,” and immerse ourselves into his mission, for our sake, not his.  So, I invite you to come with me by accepting the invitation.  Starting this week and all the weeks to come until long after Easter, the scripture reading that I will share, will allow us all to follow that invitation.  If you are a non-believer and would like to know Jesus more, this is the time for you to start, to come to know.  Lovingly, you are invited to journey with us.  Let us start with the gospel reading for this week.







Mk 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
"This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel."




       Jesus must have sat down often to consider the state of the nation.  He must have worried often about the leadership he saw around him.  He must have talked often about the temple and its services.  He must have done all that very often, since he was like us in all things but sin.


       Doing this, we compare the world in which we live with the vision of a world to come.  Speaking about injustice, we know about justice.  Complaining about dishonesty, we imply honesty.  Worrying bout the wars throughout the world, terrorists and violence throughout the world, we perhaps dream about peace.  Protesting discrimination and violence, we suggest a more livable world.  We do all of this, do we not?  We are charged with vision; we are all full of hope.  But, sometimes, we don’t move.  We see as if blind.  We hear as if deaf.  We move as if paralyzed.


       So did Jesus, up to the moment he entered that desert for those forty long, very long, days.  Full of Spirit, he was challenging his spirit.  Full of vision, he was facing his blindness.  His ears ringing with the message, he was fighting his deafness.  Asked to move, he had to overcome his lameness.  He he was tempted, nagged, pestered, shocked, and shaken, fighting with all that held him back, struggling with everything that kept him small restricted, paralyzed, and fruitless, fighting the devil himself, that tempter, Satan, yet not succumbing to that evil pest, but overcoming all his evil endeavors.


       He is asking us to do the same.  He is inviting us to follow him.  He will show us what we will be able, and what we must do.  But, before turning to us, before inviting others, he first fought and overcame the indolence and immobility he wants us to overcome.  We can no longer just complain about others, forgetting about ourselves.  We can no longer think that the world will change and our vision will be fulfilled without ourselves being changed and moved.


       I have said many times before in my writings that we human beings, cannot comprehend the mindset nor the love and forgiveness of God.  Jesus offers us the greatest  insurance policy that there could be, an insurance that requires not even a co-pay, the complete assurance that he is the only light by which to see and live this journey of life.  But he will not force his way into our hearts. 


       Can we honestly say that the world's way is a better alternative?  I challenge all of us to cling to  the Way, the Truth, and the Light of Jesus.  When our bodies hurt or is beginning to fall apart, we'll spend as much money as possible to be healed,  thousands upon thousands of dollars, and yet, there is still no guarantee that we will find the cure.  Jesus is the healer of a lost, confused, a broken person, or hurting heart, and ask for no money in return.  We have nothing to loose and everything to gain, and if we find that we do not reap better results, then we are always free to walk away.  He will not force us to accept him.  But to follow our Lord Jesus is by no means an easy task, and as his disciples and servants, this year of 2012 will be a very great challenge for us.  We need to be prepared for what the evil claws of the world will come at us with.  We need to do more than just know about Jesus, more than to just read scriptures, more than to just affirm our Christianity.


My friends, we need to internalize Jesus.  No longer approach him as if he were far away, or someplace else, or just in a building, or just a message in an email.  We have to merge our free will to that of his.  We have to merge our brokenness, yes, our sinfulness, our gifts, our talents, our whole being – to His.  When we internalize Jesus, then we become continually aware that he resides inside of us;  that he is present to us in every situation;  in our struggles, in our suffering and pain, in our loneliness, our weakness moments, and most especially in those times that could come that we be persecuted for his namesake.  Yes, Jesus died once and for all for all humanity when he obediently allow his body to be tortured and his blood to flow from that cross.


For this particular season of Lent more than any other, we will be required to meet him with crosses on our backs, will blood dripping from our brows (and not just literally) but more so in standing up for what is right and moral, and not to back down from those who will want to oppress us in our thoughts, words, and deeds.  Perhaps this will be a Lent, more so than any other, for choices.  We may have to choose once and for all time, who our Master is, for we can only serve one.  And we don’t do that alone.  With hearts joined together as his body and blood, are one people, as one flock, and through daily constant prayer – making that choice will be for our best outcome.  Join with me for what lies ahead, and let us approach this season of Lent, and the even after that, with courageous faith, that our good - will conquer any evil that may be waiting as we go our journey of life together as a people changed and charged with a new vision.  Yes, what is going on around the world and in our country is real, but we don’t have to let it be the final reality.  We can make a difference.  We can change our outcome to a much better one through fasting, almsgiving, and much prayer.  Jesus came to boldly change this world. That is why he went into that desert, and that is why he came out of it – himself changed – to shout to us:  “The time is ripe, the days are fulfilled.  I overcame what holds you down.  I could do it, you can do it.  Forgive, repent, change, and believe this good news!”




© Deacon Steve A Politte

For March 26, 2012







“Surrender” by Kim Walker – made by theseventhelf







In His Arms

In His arms holding me so close,
Comforting me when I need it the most.
With so much love for all the world to see,
He forever will take care of me.
Sacrifices He has had His share,
Showing us just how much He cares.
Wanting only what is best for us,
Through His grace we begin to trust.
In the things that we thought were lost,
Everything’s possible because His Son paid the cost.
Faith and hope, even on rainy days,
Never knowing, what blessings He will send our way.
Joy and laughter we have so much to share,
All because we have a Father who cares.
In His arms is where I want to be,
When life throws so many things at me.
Where I know that I will be ok,
Receiving comfort from my Father today.


March 11th, 2011
(C) Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God





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