INTRODUCING THE LESSONS
First Reading: Deuteronomy26:1–11
In this reading from the Hebrew Bible the Lord’s mighty salvation of Israel from slavery in Egypt is recalled, and the people are bid to offer in thanksgiving the first fruits of their fields.The passage presents one of Judaism’s oldest summaries of its history and confessions of its faith. It is always to be remembered that it was God who made them a people, who heard and delivered them from their distress and gave them this good land for a heritage.
Psalm: Psalm91:1–2, 9–16
A hymn of trust in the Lord. The Lord will guard and deliver the one who loves and seeks refuge with God.
Second Reading: Romans10:4–13
In this lesson Paul teaches that the word of faith is a gift to us; by it we make our saving confession that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead.Without God’s grace the way of righteousness would be impossibly distant. But the faith that leads to righteousness is in our hearts and the confession of salvation is on our lips. This is true for all people, no matter what their background, who call upon the name of the Lord.
Our gospel is the story of the temptations of Jesus by the devil.After his baptism Jesus is led into the wilderness and confronted with the temptations which are inescapable in his ministry. He might seek to show that he is the Son of God by satisfying material needs, or he could control lives by ruling with worldly pomp and authority. Or, in what may be seen as the greatest temptation, he could direct allegiance through miraculous power. Instead Jesus three times confesses his obedience to the will of God.