1st Sunday Lent On this first Sunday of Lent we are presented with two very familiar and interesting readings in the first reading from Genesis and the Gospel from Matthew. Our first reading is the account of “The Fall,” the sin of Adam and Eve who were given paradise but ended up choosing to go against the will of God by succumbing to the temptations of the devil. In the Gospel reading we have Jesus, the new Adam, who is also tempted by the devil but the results are very different in this case. Indeed this time the one being tempted was God made man but Jesus was fully human as well and had all of the weaknesses that each one of us have. For each one of the temptations that the devil places before Jesus he responds to by quoting scripture, the Word of God. The responses which Jesus gives to Satan demonstrates the continuity of that which Jesus represents as the fulfillment of something old and the beginning of something new. Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the law and the prophets that came before him, he is also the herald of the Kingdom of God, that living entity, His Church! So as we proceed through our journey this Lenten season let us remember what we are a part of, we are the Body of Christ. As members of that body we are called to do our part, to turn away from sin and truly believe in the Gospel, that Good News which binds us together and gives us mission, sending us out into the world to share that message and to bring the world back to God.
Your servant in Christ,