Reading 1: Gn 9:8-15
Reading 2 1 PT 3:18-22
Gospel MK 1:12-15
We have begun our Lenten journey and our readings today remind us of our covenant relation with God, our salvation through baptism and our call to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
In the first reading God establishes one of many covenants with the chosen people. In this one God promises that theearth will never be devastated by flood again. Indeed St. Peter assures us in the second reading that those waters prefigured Baptism through which we are saved.
In the Gospel we have the briefest account of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days. But he breaks down what is important: Jesus was tempted by the devil, surrounded by beasts but ministered to by angels.
We may find ourselves in the wilderness, severly tempted and threatened by beasts but we can always count on God's ministering graces even there.
Mark's short gospel also tells us that Jesus began his ministry after John's arrest. He did not step back in fear but stepped forward to proclaim the kingdom and the call to repent.
Don't be afraid to proclaim the kingdom of God. He is with you.
Focus on God through prayer, deny yourself through fasting, show your love for others through charity and you will show the world the kingdom of God is here.