First Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013



During this season of Lent, we'll be sending out to you various resources for prayer, study and action. Below, you'll find a reflection for today, the First Sunday of Lent, by author and Scripture scholar Rev. Carroll Stuhlmueller.Typically, we will post the reflections for the upcoming Sunday about 4-5 days ahead of time (Tuesday or Wednesday of the preceding week) and re-post on Sunday morning. 


We have also set up a page for Lent 2013 on the site where we will archive reflections throughout the season and organize additional resources for individuals and groups, including prayers, prayer services, action opportunities--including Pax Christi International's Bread is Life campaign, and information on undertaking a Way of the Cross event for Good Friday. You can find the page by clicking here.




By Rev. Carroll Stuhlmueller, OP


Deuteronomy 26:4-10 | Romans 10:8-13 | Luke 4:1-13

The second reading this Sunday may have originated in the early church's instruction for Baptism. Baptism was then, as it is now, a moment of birth, widening the circle of the family or the church. Those who were once orphans or estranged are now legitimately at home.

As Paul wrote: "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same God is God of all." Paul has already written an expanded form of this statement in his letter to the Galatians:

"All of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal 3:27-28)

The new family life, which we celebrate in Lent, cannot tolerate pride or exclusiveness. "You are all one (family) in Christ Jesus."....


In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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