Readings for Feb 26, 2012: 1st Sunday in Lent

February  26, 2012 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-15

Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant
with you including your children who will come after you, along with
everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came
out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never
again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never
again will a flood destroy the Earth.”
God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making
between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living
after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant
between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the
Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant
between me and you and everything living, that never again will
floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud,
I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything
living, every last living creature on Earth.”
© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

1 Peter 3:18-22

Brothers and sisters:
If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can
be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t
give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your
hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready
to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are,
and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God
so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end
up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to
suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for
doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of
others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went
through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.
He went and proclaimed God’s salvation to earlier generations
who ended up in the prison of judgment because they wouldn’t listen. You
know, even though God waited patiently all the days that Noah built his
ship, only a few were saved then, eight to be exact—saved from the water
by the water. The waters of baptism do that for you, not by washing away
dirt from your skin but by presenting you through Jesus’ resurrection
before God with a clear conscience. Jesus has the last word on
everything and everyone, from angels to armies. He’s standing right
alongside God, and what he says goes.
© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Mark 1:12-15

God’s Kingdom Is Here
At once, the Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty
wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals
were his companions, and angels took care of him.
After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the
Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and
believe the Message.”
©  2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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