How has sin obscured the image of God revealed in your baptism? How has sin tempted you away from your own baptismal vocation?
Baptism is not something we undertake alone, but together, strengthening and encouraging each other as our eyes are opened to all the ways the world is killing us and embracing the alternative life God is offering, a life we see clearly in Jesus who pours out his life in a public testimony to the God of peace and justice and love.
Texts: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 + Psalm 32 + Romans 5:12-19 + Matthew 4:1-11 Serpents in the garden and devils in the wilderness. No matter which year or which gospel, the first Sunday in Lent always feeds us stories of temptation and confrontation between Jesus and that figure who has been named “the devil,” about whom … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, March 9, 2014: First Sunday in Lent