First Sunday in Lent
Old Testament: Genesis 9:8-17
Gen 9:8 God said to Noah and his sons,
Gen 9:9 “I am now making my covenant with you and with your descendants,
Gen 9:10 and with all living beings—all birds and all animals—everything that came out of the boat with you.
Gen 9:11 With these words I make my covenant with you: I promise that never again will all living beings be destroyed by a flood; never again will a flood destroy the earth.
Gen 9:12 As a sign of this everlasting covenant which I am making with you and with all living beings,
Gen 9:13 I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world.
Gen 9:14 Whenever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears,
Gen 9:15 I will remember my promise to you and to all the animals that a flood will never again destroy all living beings.
Gen 9:16 When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth.
Gen 9:17 That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.”
New Testament: Mark 1:9-15
Mar 1:9 Not long afterward Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Mar 1:10 As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove.
Mar 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you.”
Mar 1:12 At once the Spirit made him go into the desert,
Mar 1:13 where he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals were there also, but angels came and helped him.
Mar 1:14 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God.
Mar 1:15 “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”