February 26, 2017- The 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  Reading 1   

Genesis 2:7-9; 3:`1-7

The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
and so man became a living being.  Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,
and placed there the man whom he had formed.  Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow
that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman, "Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?"
The woman answered the serpent:  "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said,
'You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'"  But the serpent said to the woman:
"You certainly will not die!  No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is evil."
The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked;
so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Reading 2

Romans 5:12-19

Brothers and sisters:  Through one man sin entered the world, and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.  But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.  But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one, the many died, how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.  And the gift is not like
the result of the one who sinned.  For after one sin there was the judgment that brought condemnation;
but the gift, after many transgressions, brought acquittal. For if, by the transgression of the one,
death came to reign through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and of the gift of justification come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ. In conclusion, just as through
one transgression condemnation came upon all, so, through one righteous act, acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners,
so, through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous.


Matthew 4:1-11

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.
The tempter approached and said to him, "If you are the Son of God,
command that these stones become loaves of bread." He said in reply,
"It is written: 
One does not live on bread alone,but on every word that comes forth
from the mouth of God
."  Then the devil took him to the holy city,
and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down. For it is written: 
He will command his angels concerning you
and with their hands they will support you,lest you dash your foot against a stone
Jesus answered him, "Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test."
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the
world in their magnificence, and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you,
if you will prostrate yourself and worship me."  At this, Jesus said to him,
"Get away, Satan!  It is written:
The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve." 
Then the devil left him and, behold,
angels came and ministered to him.


Readings for the week of March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6 - Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Tuesday, March 7 - Isaiah 55:10-11
Wednesday, March 8  - Jonah 3:1-10
Thursday, March 9  - Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Friday, March 10- Ezekiel 18:21-28
Saturday, March 11- Deuteronomy 26:16-19
"The Story and You"  
First Sunday in Lent

I have an idea for you this Lent, and I got it from Jesus. He must have known, from an early age, that Satan had his eyes on him. He must have known that the powers of hell would lay in wait for him, and so Jesus filled his memory and soul with scripture.
He made sure that the scriptures were on his lips and his heart (Deut. 30: 14). He may even have worn sections of scripture around his left wrist and on his forehead when he prayed (Deut. 6:8).  That’s how, when the Liar accosted him in the desert, Jesus was ready for him. Turn these stones to bread? We don’t live on bread alone. Throw yourself down to show that you’re God? You shall not put God to the test. Bow down and worship me? The Lord alone shall you worship.  Are you ready for the temptations of this Lent? Hide your favorite scriptures in your heart. Or maybe you have some favorite hymns you want to memorize so you have them when you need God’s consolation. On long-distance trips my husband tapes the words to hymns on the steering wheel of his car, and works on memorizing them as he drives.

Here are a few of my favorite scriptures, which I have on speed-dial every Lent: 
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).
Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope (Rom. 5:3-5).
I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans of welfare, not of woe (Jer. 29:11).
If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart (Heb. 3:15).
I’m praying that you have the best Lent ever.
How are you ready to withstand temptation this season?

Kathy McGovern ©2016 www.thestoryandyou.com


"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it."
—Gary Zimak (Taken from Stop Worrying and Start Living)

















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