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First Sunday of Lent
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), for, if you confess – with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved,” (Romans 10:8-9). 
Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. The liturgical theme of the day centers on salvation and faith. Through Jesus, all humankind is offered salvation. We hear in today’s responsorial God’s response to our faith, “Because he clings to me, I will deliver him.” Therefore, we can entrust ourselves to God, for His love is steadfast. As Jesus was tempted, we too, have entered 40 days of testing during Lent. Worshiping and trusting the One True God will bring us through, resulting in our living again “with dignity in a new life” at Easter.(Deut. 26:4-10)(Romans 10:8-13)(Luke 4:1-13)(Ps 91:1-15)
Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
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 John Paul II, Angelus, February 22, 2004.
 Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
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