Homily :: Mar 5, 2017
03/05/17: First Sunday of Lent
03/05/17: First Sunday of Lent - Fr Dave Reeson
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03/05/17: First Sunday of Lent - Fr Pat Nields
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03/05/17: First Sunday of Lent - Fr Ike
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He became like us in all things but sin. In our creed proclaimed every Sunday and Solemnity, we proclaim that he was “born of the virgin Mary and became Man.” Our Scriptures today offer a glimpse of the biblical perspective on the origin of sin in the human family (Genesis), God’s response to our need for redemption (Romans) and the power to reject temptation (Matthew).
In the second century, St. Iranaeus of Lyons wrote extensively on the power of God come to us in Jesus Christ; namely, that Jesus by assuming humanity, redeems it for all times and all places. The controversy over the person of Jesus would play out for two more centuries and be codified in the Creeds codified at the ecumenical councils of the fourth century (Nicea and Constantinople).
Jesus, being human, was tempted as we are tempted, yet as Son of God, he had the power to turn his back on the “too good to be true” opportunities offered by the devil of Matthew’s Gospel. Paul, writing to the Christian community of Rome, reminds them that humanity is subject to sin through its lineage which he traces back to Adam. Our selection from Genesis recounts the familiar story of the serpent’s temptation and the weakness of Adam and Eve in succumbing to the lure of secret knowledge. Paul exhorts his friends not to despair for through its association with the Word made flesh in Jesus, humanity is redeemed.
The message for this Sunday is that we need not despair when overcome by temptation or our personal sinfulness because in Jesus we are redeemed. The season of Lent calls us to that true repentance in preparation for renewing the promises of our baptism at the great Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday.
By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.