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First Sunday of Lent

March 13, 2011 | Author: | Posted in F, Lent - Easter, Sunday Masses, The Season of Lent

Away with you, Satan! for it is written,’Worship the Lord your God.’

Sunday Mass Readings: March 13, 2011

Today’s Sunday Mass Reading is for the First Sunday of Lent.

When he calls to me, I will answer; I will rescue him and give him honour. Long life and contentment will be his.

First Reading

[Sin of Our First Parents]

God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden. They could eat fruit from every tree except one. After being tempted by the devil, they disobeyed God’s command. Immediately their lives changed.

A reading from the book of Genesis.

Genesis 2:7-9
7 then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:1-7
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, `You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 but God said, `You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die.
5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 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, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.

Responsorial Psalm

[Repentance]

Psalms 51:3-6 – 12-13 – 17
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Second Reading

[Saved Through Christ]

From the fall of Adam, sin came into the world. God, however, gave the gift of his Son, Jesus. Through him justice was restored. Through the obedience of Jesus, justice comes to all.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

Romans 5:12-19
12 Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned —
13 sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
16 And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.
17 If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:12 – 17-19
12 Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned —
17 If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Gospel Reading

[Temptation]

The devil tempted Adam, he also tempts Jesus three times, making lavish promises. Jesus rebukes Satan, for only God is to be adored.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Matthew 4:1-11
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
4 But he answered, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.‘”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you,’ and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.‘”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;
9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.‘”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Listen in to the sermon…

For today’s homily from the Gospel of Matthew, listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s very relevant, insightful and inspiring sermon.

“The source of our greatest suffering is the deification of the will. We make ourselves God. However, once this move is made everyone else, in a self-defensive stance, tries to be God. The product of all of this is isolation, self-consciousness and self-protectiveness. Do not put up walls of self-protection, but become servants of the will of God.”

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» The Lord Your God Shall You Worship and Him Alone Shall You Serve.
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