This Week’s Gospel Message for Sunday, February 21st is from Mark 1:12-15.
“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.’”
“Immediately after the Spirit descends upon Jesus when he is baptized, this same Spirit drives him into the desert to be tempted by Satan. Jesus withstands temptation, strengthening him for his ministry, which he begins by proclaiming, ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’ May we be strengthened over these forty days so that we might carry our crosses.” Source: Pastoral Patterns, Winter 2020-2021
DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK
“Your word is a lamp for my feet,a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
Monday 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matt 16:13-19
The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle (Feast) – On this day, early Roman Christians celebrated a feast in honor of their departed loved ones, including their beloved predecessors in the faith, Peter and Paul. When, in the fourth century, the feast of these two saints was moved to June 29, this day in February focused on celebrating Peter and his successors as bishops of Rome and expressing gratitude for their service.
Tuesday Isa 55:10-11; Matt 6:7-15
Wednesday Jonah 3:1-10; Luke 11:29-32
Thursday Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Matt 7:7-12
Friday Ezek 18:21-28; Matt 5:20-26
Saturday Deut 26:16-19; Matt 5:43-48
Source: Living With Christ, February 2021