1st Sunday of Lent C 

The Readings 


Archived Homilies

1st Sunday of Lent C 2010 by Fr. Robert Barron (Audio Link) 

1st Sunday of Lent C 2007 by Fr. Robert Barron (Audio Link)

1st Sunday of Lent C by Rev. Richard Budgen 

1st Sunday C by Fr. Scott Hastings (Audio Link)  

1st Sunday C by Fr. Darryl Jordan  

1st Sunday of Lent C by Dcn. Bill O'Donnell 

Key Phrases 

I have now brought you the firstfruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me. 

 Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble. 

My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. 

Because he clings to me, I will deliver him 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all 

 One does not live on bread alone

You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve 

You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test 


Possible Themes 

Beating the Odds 

Facing our Pride and Prejudices 

Our Desires and Our Needs 

Pride Before A Fall 

Sacrifice and Offerings 

Surviving the Wilderness 


Tempted in All Things, Sucumbing to None 


Trusting in God 

What Is Our Firstfruit? 


 "I have decided not to let this Lent go by like rain on stones, leaving no trace. I will let it soak into me, changing me. I will be converted, I will turn again to the Lord and love him as he wants to be loved." - St. Josemaria

Study and Exegesis 

Salford Office for Liturgy 


Extensive Commentaries with Text

1st Reading 

Responsorial Psalm

2nd Reading



Links to in-depth content

Deuteronomy Thomas Wingate Mann Google Books

Deuteronomy: A Commentary Gerhard Von Rad

Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible - Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Google Books

Romans  by Paul J. Achtemeier  - Google Books

Children of a compassionate God: a theological exegesis of Luke 6:20-49 - Google Books

Sacra Pagina - The Gospel of Luke - Daniel J Harrington - Google Books 


As the Union Pacific Railroad was being constructed, an elaborate trestle bridge was built across a large canyon in the West.  Wanting to test the bridge, the builder loaded a train with enough extra cars and equipment to double its normal payload. The train was then driven to the middle of the bridge, where it stayed an entire day. One worker asked, "Are you trying to break this bridge?" "No," the builder replied, "I'm trying to prove that the bridge won't break." In the same way, the temptations Jesus faced weren't designed to see if He would sin, but to prove that He couldn't. Today in the Word, March 14, 1991.

The thing that makes men and rivers crooked is following the line of least resistance.

John Piper says that sin (lust for example) "gets its power by persuading me to believe that I will be more happy if I follow it. The power of all temptation is the prospect that it will make me happier." E. Lutzer, Putting Your Past Behind You, Here's Life, 1990, p.54.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.Margaret Thatcher.