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Getting Ready for the First Sunday in Lent

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil.

-Luke 4:1-2 (ESV)

It is fitting that it be recorded that the first Adam was cast out of Paradise into the desert, that you may observe how the second Adam returned from the desert to Paradise.… Adam brought death through the tree. Christ brought life through the cross. Adam, naked of spiritual things, covered himself with the foliage of a tree. Christ, naked of worldly things, did not desire the trappings of the body. Adam lived in the desert. Christ lived in the desert, for he knew where he could find the lost. With their error canceled, he could recall them to Paradise.…So Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, is led into the desert for a purpose, in order to challenge the devil. If he had not fought, he would not have conquered him for me.

-St. Ambrose

The Collect for the First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations, and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 91:9-16

9 Because you have said, “The Lord is my refuge,” *

and have made the Most High your stronghold,

10 There shall no evil happen to you, *

neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, *

to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands, *

that you hurt not your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *

the young lion and the serpent you shall trample

under your feet.

14 “Because he has set his love upon me,

therefore I will deliver him; *

I will lift him up, because he has known my Name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him; *

indeed, I am with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and bring him honor.

16 With long life I will satisfy him, *

and show him my salvation.”



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