"The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being." - From the First Reading.
The main theme in the two readings are about original sin, and man be tempted by the serpent, which caused all people to have sin. We are all sinners. Through the disobedience of one, the many are made righteous.
Something new learned was that death was caused by sin, and that sin is not accounted when there is no law. We need to try to focus on ourselves and having less sin in our lives, because it affects the others around us. We influence each other, so the more sin you surround yourself with through others, the more you will have yourself.
Sin is in all of us, but through Jesus, Mary, and God, we are able to be absolved from the sins we commit, and we are forgiven. (we are cleaned).
Reflection: The focus of a reflection to Carroll students could be upon on lenten penance. When we decide on one, it is meant to recall our baptism, and renew and deepen our commitment to our faith and Christ. It is a time of conversion, and we must do everything we can to do good and stay true to our penance. It will remind us of the importance of what Jesus did for us. We need to let go of distractions and reach out to others to help them. Our world challenges us, and it is up to us to do what God has made us for. Do good for the people around you, and see what it does for not only them, but what it does for yourself. You'd be surprised.
Sources are: - https://stocktondiocese.org/homily-for-the-first-sunday-in-lent/ - http://www.heartofthenation.org/online-mass/sunday-mass -http://www.frtommylane.com/homilies/year_a/lent1.htm