First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen.
On this first Sunday in Lent,
we begin with sin.
And not only do we begin with sin, but we begin with the beginning of sin.
In our first reading, we are introduced to The Fall,
the Biblical account of how sin entered into the world.
To hear the author of Genesis put it,
our first sin was to disobey one of the laws that God gave to man.
Now, in this brand new creation, God had already given several laws,
perhaps not formally formulated or laid down in written code,
but God put man in the garden of Eden
with the expressed responsibility to till the land and to keep it,
a form of law, a command, to care for the earth that God has just made.
And, too, God laid down one prohibition:
Man was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.