First Sunday of Lent

First Reading

Deuteronomy 26:4-10

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy

The confession of faith of the elect.

Moses said to the people: ‘The priest shall take the pannier from your hand and lay it before the altar of the Lord your God. Then, in the sight of the Lord your God, you must make this pronouncement:

“My father was a wandering Aramaean. He went down into Egypt to find refuge there, few in numbers; but there he became a nation, great, mighty, and strong. The Egyptians ill-treated us, they gave us no peace and inflicted harsh slavery on us. But we called on the Lord, the God of our fathers. The Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, our toil and our oppression; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with mighty hand and outstretched arm, with great terror, and with signs and wonders. He brought us here and gave us this land, a land where milk and honey flow. Here then I bring the first-fruits of the produce of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” You must then lay them before the Lord your God, and bow down in the sight of the Lord your God.’

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Deuteronomy 26:4-10

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy

Moses spoke to the people, saying:

“When the priest takes the basket from your hand

and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God,

you shall make this response before the Lord your God:

“A wandering Aramean was my ancestor;

he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number,

and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous.

When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us,

by imposing hard labour on us,

we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors;

the Lord heard our voice

and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.

“The Lord brought us out of Egypt

with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,

with a terrifying display of power; and with signs and wonders;

and he brought us into this place and gave us this land,

a land flowing with milk and honey.

So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground

that you, O Lord, have given me.”

And Moses continued,

“You shall set it down before the Lord your God

and bow down before the Lord your God.”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 90:1-2, 10-15

R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

and abides in the shade of the Almighty

says to the Lord: ‘My refuge,

my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’ R.

Upon you no evil shall fall,

no plague approach where you dwell.

For you has he commanded his angels,

to keep you in all your ways. R.

They shall bear you upon their hands

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

On the lion and the viper you will tread

and trample the young lion and the dragon. R.

His love he set on me, so I will rescue him;

protect him for he knows my name.

When he calls I shall answer: ‘I am with you.’

I will save him in distress and give him glory. R.

Second Reading

Romans 10:8-13

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans

The confession of faith of the believers in Christ.

Scripture says: The word, that is the faith we proclaim, is very near to you, it is on your lips and in your heart. If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask for his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Romans 10:8-13

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters,

what does scripture say?

“The word is near you,

on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,

you will be saved.

For one believes with the heart and so is justified,

and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

The scripture says,

“No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;

the same Lord is Lord of all

and is generous to all who call on him.

For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

Matthew 4:4

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

No one lives on bread alone,

but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Matthew 4:4

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

No one lives on bread alone,

but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel

Luke 4:1-13

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led by the Spirit through the wilderness where he was tempted.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.’

Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says:

You must worship the Lord your God,

and serve him alone.’

Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said to him, ‘throw yourself down from here, for Scripture says:

He will put his angels in charge of you

to guard you,

and again:

They will hold you up on their hands

in case you hurt your foot against a stone.’

But Jesus answered him, ‘It has been said:

You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him to return at the appointed time.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 4:1-13

A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan

and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,

where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.

He ate nothing at all during those days,

and when they were over, he was famished.

The devil said to him,

“If you are the Son of God,

command this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

Jesus answered him,

“It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.'”

Then the devil led him up

and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.

And the devil said to him,

“To you I will give their glory and all this authority;

for it has been given over to me,

and I give it to anyone I please.

If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered him,

“It is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'”

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem,

and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him,

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,

for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’

and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,

so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'”

Jesus answered him, “It is said,

‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test'”

When the devil had finished every test,

he departed from him until an opportune time.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.