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HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C

REMEMBER GOD: DO NOT SIN

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT,YEAR C

READINGS
Deut. 26:4-10
Romans 10: 8-13
Luke 4 : 1-13
THEME :  REMEMBER GOD : DO NOT SIN

Dearly beloved, last Wednesday during Mass our foreheads were  marked with ashes by the Priest. This act signals  the beginning of the season of Lent; a forty day preparation for the celebration of Easter.
Beloved in Christ, the ashes symbolizes two things in the Old Testament, namely, mortality  (death) and repentance. The ashes are thus a public admission of our guilt  and a promise to reform with a pledge to resist temptation in the future.
Beloved, Lent is a period of prayer,fasting and alms giving. But the focus is not on the  mere practice of these things but rather on what we learn from the call to prayer, fasting and alms giving.  In effect, our prayers should lead us to fasting and our fasting should lead us to alms giving. Hence , what you save by fasting should be used in charity for the poor and not for yourself.
Beloved in Christ, on this first sunday of Lent, the Church reminds us not to forget what God has done for us. It is in line with this that the first reading highlighted the creed in which the Old Testament Jews remembered who they were and what God had done for them. Hence, for Israel they sinned when they forgot what God had done for them.
Consequently, we when sin we also forget the central belief of our creed that Jesus died and rose for us.
Beloved, today the readings  show  us that we can overcome Satan by  putting God first. Let us therefore resolve to put God first in all we do during this season.
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for www.dolphyne14.WordPress.com as we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent , year C.
Kindly share this homily with your friends and May God richly bless you.

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