Sunday, February 18, 2024
The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent for Year B (see below) get us thinking how God is faithful even when we wander away from him. The first reading is the story of Noah’s Ark. The psalm remind us to be faithful. The second reading explains that the great flood in the time of Noah preceded our baptisms. And the gospel tells us that Jesus spent 40 days (like the 40 days of the flood) fasting in the desert and returned ready to spread his message.
So these readings get us started on our Lenten journey. It is time to commit to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. There are many ideas for this on the Catholic Ideas for Lent page.
Daily Mass Readings for the First Sunday of Lent – Year B
- First Reading – Genesis 9:8-15: “See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 25: “Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.”
- Second Reading – 1 Peter 3:18-22: “In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water.”
- Gospel – Mark 1:12-15: “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.”