Homilies: 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

My homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent (Year A) as preached during the 9.30 am Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings were Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11.

“The three temptations of Jesus reflect the same three attributes that were the gifts of God to humankind in Eden – food, protection, and place. The response of Jesus reminds us that the Season of Lent is the opportunity to repent of any belief we might have that we are at the centre of creation or that we are able to receive all of God’s promised gifts through our own efforts.”