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First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12,17-19, Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus is sometimes referred to as the New Adam. Today's readings highlight one of the common threads. Adam and Eve were tempted in the Garden of Eden and succumbed to Satan's tricks. Jesus was offered worldly comfort, power and glory by the devil but refused and clung to the Word of God. St. Paul explains the significance of these events. By Adam's sin we were cut off from the eternal kingdom in the presence of God. Through Jesus' sacrifice and fulfillment of God's will, the gates of heaven are opened to us and Adam's sin is pardoned. God's display of mercy and forgiveness is a beacon to guide us on our earthly journey. May we share the gift of forgiveness with all who wrong us.