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First Sunday in Lent


Matthew 4:1-11 New American Bible

Matthew 4:1-11 Bible Gateway New International Version


“Get away, Satan!” 


            God gives us the grace to resist all of the temptations of the devil.  If you feel the devil is tempting you strongly, say out loud, “Go away, devil, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.” God has said, “Whatever you ask in my Son’s name shall be given to you.”

            Lent is a time to give up one of God’s gifts to us.  Many people give up something such as desserts for lent.  You can also do something special for God during Lent.  You can give more money in the collection.  You can pray for those who are suffering from disease and from poverty. You can sort through your toys and give the ones you no longer play with to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  You can try to be more patient with your younger brother or sister.  Keep a list of all the things you are doing for God during Lent. On Easter Sunday, take it with you to Church and read it to God. Although your list may not be as long as you would want it to be, realize that God is very happy with all gifts you give Him.  Remember that God loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to earth.  His son, Jesus Christ died on the Cross as a gift to us, to free us from all sin and to enable us to get to heaven.  The good things you do during Lent can be your way of saying, “Thank you, God.  I really appreciate what you do for me.”  

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you do more for others.  Do one extra thing a day and offer it up to God as a gift. 


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

Copyright ©2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards