Genesis 2:7-9;3:1-7 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Our first reading recounts the sin of Adm and Eve, with the serpent speaking for Satan, their tempter. The second reading identifies Jesus as the new Adam, who pays the price for the sin of the first Adam, and brings salvation to our world. In the gospel, Jesus is tempted in the desert, but does not give in to the devil’s temptations.
During this penitential season, let us use the Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving to follow more closely the example of Jesus in the desert. Let us do our part to confront evil and sin in the world, seek God’s help in overcoming temptation in our own lives, and ask him to help persevere in faith.