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    St. Mary's Parish
    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

    Weekday Mass Times:
    Monday to Saturday: 9am
    Wednesday: 9am, 7:15pm


    Perpetual Help Devotions at both Wednesday Masses

    Adoration and Benediction on First Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass until 12:00 Noon
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    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm

1st Sunday in Lent

By Br. John Cline, C.R.

The Genesis authors (first reading) did not name the man or woman in the story of creation (the word “Adam,” related to the Hebrew word for the soil, is probably meant to suggest “everyone.”). Without a name, blame for the evils of the world cannot be assigned to a long-ago and far-away Adam or Eve. Rather each one of us, on reading this account, has to answer for himself/herself. Adam’s story is our story. Nor should we press the role of Eve too much by making her more responsible than man for the entry of sin into the world: “Man and woman are jointly responsible for sin” insists Scripture commentator Patricia Sánchez (Celebration). Happily, we are not left alone in our loss and alienation. The God who creates and cares for humankind’s every need is also a God who forgives and redeems; the God who created humankind good and pure and in the divine image, is also a God who loves sinners, seeks them out and desires reconciliation.

Paul, in our second reading, describes how sin entered the world through one act: the lie of self-sufficiency (pride). That was the offence. And it would be righted by one act as well—a life of utter truth. That was the gift. Temptation is essentially an enticement to put our own desires and needs first. Resisting temptation, then, is really resisting self-centeredness. Like Jesus, we must choose instead to surrender ourselves to God who alone should be the center of our lives. To make any other choice is to choose a false god. This First Sunday of Lent poses this question: Do we serve god or God? The temptations the devil fed to Jesus were nothing other than delusions that we all dream of, in our longing for total independence. “Become your own food,” the devil says. Be self-sufficient. Display your power. But Jesus refuses. God alone will be his food. Our temptations are much the same as Jesus’ own. Hopefully so will be our responses.

Referring to the Gospel message, C. S. Lewis, literary historian, critic and novelist, suggests that good people know a great deal about temptation whereas bad people know very little. Only the good who try to resist temptation know its strength. “After all,” said Lewis, in his classic work Mere Christianity, “you find out the strength of the wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down!” In yielding too quickly to temptation we never get the strength to deal with it because we don’t fight it. And because Jesus is the only one who never yielded to temptation, He is the only one who fully knows its meaning—the temptation to take care of His own needs … the temptation to test God’s love and care … and finally, the temptation to worldly power. We all face similar temptations in our lives, certainly not to the extent and intensity that Jesus did. Jesus has shown us, though, that God’s grace is sufficient to resist these temptations. The scene of the temptation, which opens the public life of Jesus, declares in the Gospels in a very forceful manner the great change in our lives that He introduces into the world by His work of redemption. Where the first man and woman fell, Christ, the new Head of humanity, triumphs over the power of Satan. The Gospel of the temptation heralds Christ’s victory in advance.

By appointing this Gospel for the beginning of Lent, the Church proclaims that this victory should be ours also. In us, as all around us, it is Christ’s temptation, Christ’s struggle, Christ’s victory which is prolonged; our effort is His and so is our strength; His will be our victory at Easter.

“‘Celebrating the Word’ is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Resurrection [Resurrectionists], which makes this faith-sharing resource available without cost. To read the full issue, or some of our recent back issues, please visit:

http://resurrectionists.ca/celebrating-the-word

03-march-5-2017

 

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