whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are but did not sin,
give us grace to discipline ourselves
in submission to your Spirit,
that as you know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
God said to Noah and to
his sons with him, "As for me, I am establishing my covenant
with you and your descendants after you, and with every living
creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and
every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the
ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all
flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall
there be a flood to destroy the earth." God said, "This
is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and
every living creature that is with you, for all future
generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a
sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds
over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember
my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature
of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to
destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it
and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living
creature of all flesh that is on the earth." God said to
Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have
established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."
REFRAIN The paths of
the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant.
you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let
me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be
disappointed in their schemes. R
me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.
me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my
salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. R
O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember
me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O
and upright is the Lord; therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly.
the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep
his covenant and his testimonies. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER
Christ also suffered
for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order
to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made
alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation
to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when
God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of
the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved
through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you
-not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God
for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with
angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
1 PETER 3:18-22
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
In those days Jesus
came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the
Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the
heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased." And the Spirit immediately drove
him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days,
tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels
waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and
believe in the good news."
OVER THE GIFTS
God our refuge and our strength,
receive all we offer you this day,
and through the death and resurrection of your Son
transform us to his likeness.
We ask this in his name.
in this holy bread
you increase our faith and hope and love.
Lead us in the path of Christ
who is your Word of life.
We ask this in his name.