Lenten Reading Summaries

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First Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Deut 26:4-10). Through the ceremony of offering the first fruits, the Israelites recognized all that God had done for them in the past, especially in the Exodus. Our worship of God is also recognition of his favours to us.

Second Reading: (Rom 10:8-13). The core of the Christian credo is that Jesus is our risen Saviour. Anyone who can say that and live by it, will be saved.

Gospel (Lk 4:1-13). Jesus was tempted like we are, but did not sin. Through his grace we too can resist temptation and overcome sin.

Second Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Gen 15:5-12.17-18). We learn of the solemn covenant God made with Abraham which was the foundation of God’s relationship with the people of Israel. Through Christ we are the heirs to this covenant.

Second Reading: (Phil 3:17-4:1). Paul urges his converts to remain faithful to Christ, and promises them that one day they will share in his glory.

Gospel: (Lk 9:28-36). We hear Luke’s version of the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. 

Third Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Ex 3:1-8.13-15). We are shown God’s concern for his oppressed people.

Second Reading: (1 Cor 10:1-6.10-12). What happened to the Israelites in the desert is a warning for us Christians.

Gospel: (Lk 13:1-9). Jesus stresses the necessity of repentance and tells the people, that time is running out. 

Fourth Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Gosh 5:9-12). The Israelites, free at last from the humiliation they suffered in Egypt, enter the land of promise and partake of its produce.

Second Reading: (2 Cor 5:17-21). Christ brought about reconciliation between God and humanity. The Church’s task is to bring the benefits of this to all people.

Gospel: (Lk 15:1-3, 11-32). The parable of the prodigal son shows that God delights in showing mercy to repentant sinners. 

Fifth Sunday of Lent:

First Reading: (Is 43:16-21). The prophet assures the Jews exiled in Babylon that there will be a new Exodus. This message of hope should inspire us also.

Second Reading: (Phil 3:8-14). Paul has willingly sacrificed everything for the privilege of knowing Christ. He hasn’t yet arrived but is still running the race of salvation.

Gospel: (In 8:1-11). Jesus refuses to condemn a woman caught in adultery. 

Palm Sunday:

Gospel for Procession: (Lk 19:28-40). Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as messianic king is a sign that the peace and salvation decreed by God are at hand.

First Reading: (Is 50;4-7). The prophet suffers in carrying out his mission, but is confident that God will vindicate him.

Second Reading: (Phil 2:6-11). Because Jesus took on himself our human condition and accepted death on a cross, the Father has made him Lord of heaven and earth.

Gospel: (Lk 22:14-23:56). Luke’s version of the passion story: As in the rest of his Gospel, so in his account of the Passion, Luke presents a Christ who is merciful and forgiving, even to his executioners.

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