February 18. Lent 1B.  Fr Obed reminded the congregations that the gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent each year is about the temptation of Jesus.   “We’re all tempted by the devil but also by our own selfish inclinations.  Temptation in itself is not a sin, but giving in to it will be. We’re tempted in big and small things and need to reflect and see how we can change our ways. I would like you in your families to discuss this and some time during Lent  Catholics can prepare for Confession, but a moment for examination of conscience and reconciliation at home, also with those who go to other churches, can even come before that.”   

Reflect, share, Scripture:  At that time the Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts and the angels ministered to him. Read  Mk 1:12-15 Pope Francis: Efforts by households to reduce pollution and waste, and to consume with prudence, are creating a new culture.  The mere fact that personal, family and community habits are changing is contributing to greater concern about the unfulfilled responsibilities of the political sectors and indignation at the lack of interest shown by the powerful.  LD 71. LS Goal 7 Community empowerment.  Pray A Lenten prayer.: Reflect on one’s own temptations. Pray the Our Father regularly and meditate on the words, “Lead us not into temptation,” or “save us from the time of trial.” Choose appropriate action.  LSAP Goal 7 community empowerment