18 Feb 2024

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B Click here for all content for this cycle First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B


Genesis 9:8-15  God establishes the rainbow as a sign of the covenant with all living things.

Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9  God guides and teaches those who are humble enough to accept instruction.

1 Peter 3:18-22  God waited patiently for Noah to build the ark of his salvation.

Mark 1:12-15  After the trial in the desert, Jesus proclaims repentance and the Kingdom coming.

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Homilist’s overview of February

Liturgical themes and feasts

February is observed in many ways: as Black History Month, Catholic Press Month, even National Bird Feeding Month. A heightened appreciation of black contributions to our national story is an important corrective, including noteworthy Catholics like Pierre Toussaint, Daniel Rudd, Father Augustus Tolton, Julia Greeley, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, Mother Henriette DeLille, and Sister Thea Bowman.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

As we enter Lent, we focus our attention on our journey toward salvation: reexamining the covenant God made with his people and preparing ourselves for divine promises fulfilled.

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Featured Exploring the word

The reason for the season—of Lent

More theology wars are likely to be fought over the meaning of Christmas than the substance of Lent. While many Christians gear up to do battle every December against an interesting assortment of enemies—Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, the retail industry, and the term “X-mas,” just for starters—nobody seems to have energy left over to take on the secular foes of the Lenten season.

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Homily stories

Message received

A new parent quickly learns that when all else fails to soothe a baby, simply cradle the child in your arms. Ah, peace reigns. That technique works on grown-ups as well. 

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Homily stories

Temptation doesn’t mean failure

There’s an old joke about the young man who went to Confession and said he had been experiencing temptations. “Did you entertain them, my son?” asked the kindly confessor. “No, Father,” replied the confused penitent, “but they sure entertained me!”

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and sisters, God makes salvation possible. Let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries of God's sacrificial love.

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This is the reason for our hope: that God never tires of waiting for us.

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Browse the library

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Take Five weekly

18 Feb 2024

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