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First Sunday of Lent C
February 17, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.


We avoid the desert, the loneliness, the loss of familiar support, the grand stillness. If we go into the wilderness, we will be reminded of the great hunger. We will be dwarfed by the earth’s mighty movements.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Luke’s purpose in this temptation story is to present Jesus precisely as the kind of person John the Baptist predicted: the “more powerful one”


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

You did not receive weapons so that you might sit at ease, but so that you might fight!


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

The real meaning of Lent is about receiving again. Through the liturgical readings and prayers of these days, we are reminded of how God has handed to us, the Eternal Son with a loving desire that we allow the Gift to be handed to us again and again.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Simon had already witnessed the healing of his mother-in-law, and now he experiences the miraculous haul of fish. This creates in him a feeling of unworthiness.