Today the Church in the United States celebrates the First Sunday of Lent. The assigned readings are Genesis 9:8-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22, and Mark 1:12-15.
The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 25 (Psalm 25:4-9).
For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:
YouTube: Psalm 25: Your Ways O Lord are Love and Truth to those who Keep your Covenant- Feb 21, 2021
The Gospel reading is as follows:
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
Reflections on these readings:
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sunday Reflections: First Sunday of Lent February 21, 2021
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: First Sunday of Lent (February 21, 2021)
The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College: This Sunday, Lent is a Desert; Life is a Flood (18 FEB 21)
Word on Fire: Pray, Fast, Give Alms (Cycle B * Lent * Week 1)
National Catholic Register: Sunday Guide: Lent, the Season of Preparation (18 FEB 21)
Spirituality of the Readings: What Is Lent? (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
In Exile: Chaos and Grace (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
Glancing Thoughts: The Rainbow and the Goodness of God (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
The Perspective of Justice: Victory (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
The Word Embodied: Floods and Deserts (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
Let the Scriptures Speak: Through Water and Desert to Life (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
Historical Cultural Context: The Test of Honor (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)
Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by John Justus Landsberg (First Sunday of Lent - Year B)