First Sunday of Lent (A)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Genesis 2.7-9; 3.1-7

The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and man became a living soul.

The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden,
and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Out of the ground the Lord God made every tree to grow
that is pleasant to the sight and good for food,
including the tree of life in the middle of the garden
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?’”
The woman said to the serpent,
“Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat,
but of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden,
God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
The serpent said to the woman,
“You will not surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat it,
your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was a delight to the eyes,
and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,
she took of the fruit of it, and ate;
and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.
The eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
They sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves loincloths.

Responsorial – Psalm 51.3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 17 Resp. 3a

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.
According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.
Cleanse me from my sin.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I know my transgressions.
My sin is constantly before me.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight;

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me out from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
Uphold me with a willing spirit.
O Lord, open my lips
My mouth will proclaim your praise

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Reading 2 - Romans 5.12-19

Brothers and sisters:
As sin entered into the world through one human,
and death through sin, and so death passed to all humans, because all sinned.
For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses,
over those whose sins were not like Adam's disobedience,
who is a foreshadowing of him who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass.
For if by the trespass of the one the many died,
much more did the grace of God,
and the gift by the grace of the one human, Jesus Christ,
abound to the many.
The gift is not as through one who sinned,
for the judgment came by one sin to condemnation,
but the free gift came of many trespasses to justification.
For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one;
so much more will those who receive
the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness
reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.
So then as through one trespass, all humans were condemned;
so through one act of righteousness, all humans were justified to life.
For as through the one human's disobedience many were made sinners,
so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous.

Gospel - Matthew 4.1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.
The tempter came and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But he answered, “It is written,
‘The human shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him into the holy city.
He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
‘He will give his angels charge concerning you.’
and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, "Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’”
Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
He said to him, “I will give you all of these things,
if you will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, Satan!
For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.

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