Readings for Sunday 9th March 2014
First Sunday of Lent
FIRST Reading: Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-7
(The story is a
picture of the flawed character of our human nature. It is a sad truth about
us, but not the whole truth.)
A reading from the book of Genesis.
The LORD God took the man and put
him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded
the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat
of it you shall die.'
Now the serpent was more crafty than
any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did
God say, "You shall not eat from any tree in the garden"?' The woman said to
the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said,
"You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the
garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die."' But the serpent said to the
woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will
be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' So when the woman
saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and
that the tree
was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also
gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both
were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
together and made loincloths for themselves.
This is the word of
the Lord. Thanks be to God.
SECOND READING: Romans 5.12-19
(The fuller truth is that God does not abandon us to
our spoiled and foolish selfishness.)
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.
Just as sin came into the world
through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because
all have sinned - sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is
not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to
Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who
is a type of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the
trespass. For if the many died through the one man's trespass, much more surely
have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,
abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one
man's sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation but
the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of
the one man's trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more
surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of
righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Therefore just as one man's trespass
led to condemnation for all, so the act of righteousness of one leads to
justification and life for all. For just as by the one person's disobedience
the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Matthew 4.1-11
over the natural temptations of his mission (Unlike Adam and Eve).)
Praise to you, O
Christ, King of eternal glory.
The Lord is a
O that today you
would listen to his voice.
Harden not your
Praise to you,
O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Hear the gospel of
our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit
into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and
forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him,
‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.'
But he answered, ‘It is written,
does not live by bread alone,
every word that comes from the mouth of God."'
Then the devil took him to the holy
city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are
the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, "He will command his angels
their hands they will bear you up,
you will not dash your foot against a stone."'
Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, "Do not put the Lord your God to the
Again, the devil took him to a very
high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour;
and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and
worship me.' Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
the Lord your God,
serve only him."'
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
This is the gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.