Studies and Meditations on the Scripture Readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent


Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry...

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings, studies and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Lent.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study on the Sunday Readings can be found here.

Here are three short audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Fr. Robert Barron.

Scripture scholar Fr. Francis Martin's video meditations on the Sunday Scripture readings can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast (each about an hour long) from the Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. The sister leading the study does a really nice job using primarily, I believe, the notes from the St. Charles Borromeo study linked below.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, Catholic Matters can be found here, the Catena Aurea *("Golden Chain") of St. Thomas Aquinas can be found here, and the *Haydock Commentary can be found here.
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Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. If you know of other resources on this weeks readings that are orthodox and faithful to the teachings of the Church, please feel free to share them. Have a blessed week!


This Sunday the gospel reading speaks of a mysterious event, just after Jesus' baptism, in which he was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. How could Jesus--the All-Holy Son of God--be tempted? Why did this event happen, and what was going on? Here are 9 things you need to know about Jesus' "temptations" . . . and ours.

Read more: 9 things you need to know about the mysterious temptation of Jesus, by Jimmy Akin

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