Sunday, February 21, 2021
The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent for Year B get us thinking how God is faithful even when we wander away from him. The first reading (Genesis 9:8-15) is the story of Noah’s Ark. The psalm (Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9) remind us to be faithful: “Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.” The second reading (1 Peter 3:18-22) explains that the great flood in the time of Noah preceded our baptisms. And the gospel (Mark 1:12-15) tells us that Jesus spent 40 days 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.