First Sunday of Lent: “Repent and believe the Good News.”

We have begun the season of Lent which is a time to prepare ourselves for the celebrations of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord in Holy Week. For some that celebration will include the sacraments of initiation that make them members of the Church. The readings on the Sundays of Lent have that reality in mind. For those of us who are already disciples of the Lord, we are invited to renew and rededicate ourselves to the Lord.  This week we enter into the wilderness with the Lord as he is tempted. In response to his experience he proclaims the Good News: The time has come, the Kingdom of God is close at hand.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendents after you; also with every living creature to be found with you. (Genesis 9:8)

  • How do you hear God speaking to you in the Scriptures?
  • Think of the different Covenants God has made with Abraham, Moses, David and the New Covenant through Jesus.
  • How does ‘every living creature’, the natural world, remind you of God the Creator?
  • What Covenant is God seeking with you just now?

Monday.

Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep you covenant. (Psalm 24:10)

  • When have you experienced the faithfulness of God?
  • When have you experienced the love of God?
  • What part of the covenant do you struggle to keep?
  • What word of love is the Lord saying to you now?

Tuesday.

 In your love remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord. (Psalm 24:7)

  • What are you struggling with just now?
  • What goodness of God do you need most?
  • Remember times when you have known the love of God.
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart just now?

Wednesday.

Christ himself, innocent though he was, died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life. (1 Peter 3:18)

  • What do you feel guilty about?
  • What does it mean to you that Jesus died to forgive your sins?
  • Lent is a time to reflect on the death and resurrection of the Lord, how can you make the most of Lent?
  • How is Jesus leading you to God today?

Thursday.

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  (Matthew 4:4)

  • What are your greatest needs?
  • Remember times when God had met you needs in the past.
  • What part does the bible play in your spiritual life?
  • What word is coming from the mouth of God just now for you?

Friday

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals and the angels looked after him. (Mark 1:12-13)

  • What are the most common temptations you experience?
  • How does it feel to know that Jesus was tempted too?
  • Have you ever felt looked after by God and his angels?
  • What is Jesus saying to you about temptation now?

Saturday

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’, he said, ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the Good News.’ (Mark 1:14-15)

  • What do you need to repent from?
  • What part of believing do you struggle with?
  • Imagine the closeness of the Kingdom of God to you.
  • What Good News is God speaking to your heart just now?
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