The First Sunday in Lent
Readings: Genesis2:15-17 & 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 4:1-11.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of the forty days leading to Easter that we refer to as Lent.
Traditionally Lent is a time of preparation – of repentance and change – as we get ready to hear again the Easter account. This week we begin equipping ourselves to re-hear, re-learn, and re-live the very core of the Gospel!
And so we will listen today to the account of our disobedience; to Jesus’ resisting Satan, and; to Paul’s insistence that Jesus offers the Children of Adam the opportunity to become the Children of God. At the outset we enter this season of repentance with a reminder that the grace of God abounds!
It is a timely message. After all, without such hope and assurance, how could we possibly come with open ears to hear the account of our spoiling of ourselves and God’s ‘good’ creation?
Armed with a glimpse of such grace, however, we just may be able to hear the account of God’s damning assessment of us and God’s staggering redemptive love for each.
May we be open to listen well this Easter!
As always, all are welcome.