The First Sunday of Lent

Readings for March 1, 2020

Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

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“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.” Genesis 3:7

In Jesus’ ministry, he opens eyes and “makes the blind see.” But the reading from Genesis shows that sin also opens eyes. However, while these are the same action, they bring about vastly different outcomes. Through sin, Adam and Eve’s eyes are opened to a life apart from God, as well as feelings of guilt and shame. Through Jesus, my eyes are opened to light, love, and eternal life.

May I not be deceived by the evil one and seek only the sight that Jesus gives. Amen

5 thoughts on “The First Sunday of Lent

  1. Thanks Tim,

    Rationality given ONLY to Angeles and humanity is a rare grace; a special gift that enables us to “see” but it still remains to us to choose to do so. (THAT my friends is seeing).

    God Bless Tim,
    Patrick

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  2. Luke creates a book-end effect with that passage in Genesis with his wonderful story on the road to Emmaus. The disciples invite the Stranger in to eat – to EAT (the resurrection meal they do not see coming). The stranger subtly takes on the role of host, which is very strange except we readers know who the stranger really is. AT THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD… THEIR EYES WERE OPENED. Luke is using that language – that most ancient language from the apocalyptic meal at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which also opened eyes.

    Luke does this kind of thing throughout, and we should look for more examples of it. I think of the languages being babbled at the Tower of Babel making a book end with Pentecost sermons where everyone hears God in his own language! This miracle is not simply an extra decoration on the story, it is the answer to that curse! THAT curse in particular.

    but that is just one other example of the thing.

    Your point presently is the open eyes. And Luke is doing business exactly THERE.

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