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First Sunday of Lent, Year B

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Lectionary: 23
Read the Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

Gospel Summary
Jesus trusted in God's promises. According to Mark's gospel, immediately after his baptism, Jesus was driven into the wilderness where he lived with the wild beasts for forty days and was tempted by Satan. Through those desolate days, Jesus was faithful to God. And at the end of the forty days, the angels came to minister to Jesus.

Reflection for Families
If you have ever sat with a sick child, you know the relief that comes when a fever breaks or the pox scab and the corner of the child's mouth turns up into a long awaited smile. This must have been something of what Jesus felt at the end of his stay in the desert and it is what we feel when have been faithful to our Lenten efforts.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
This year as you begin Lent, talk as a family about why the Holy Spirit took Jesus into the wilderness and why he stayed there forty days. It is likely you will name things such as prayer, quiet time for reflection, doing God's will, and more. As you consider what individual members or the whole family may do in the way of Lenten practices this year, use Jesus as a model. Keep in mind that the hardships of others may be much greater than your own. Like the angels who came to Jesus' side at the end of the forty days, perhaps your family can attend to the needs of someone else.

Discussion Starters
1. There have been times when I have been tempted to give in to a weakness of mine. One time I recall...
2. God was with me during one of the greatest tests of my life. With God's help I...
3. This week to be sure I keep my Lenten promises I will...

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