First Sunday of Lent
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, I am establishingmy covenant with you and your descendants after you
1 Peter 3.18-22
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteousfor the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. God waited patiently in the daysof Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and wasbaptised by John in the Jordan
1. God has brought with man into covenant with himself 2. The Covenant is open to us in Jesus Christ, through the Church andmediated by the Scripture that tells us about God's covenant people of Israel.3. The Church that is confident in the covenant of God and the promise of redemption can identify crises without fear and warn of disaster.4. As it celebrates the resurrection, the Church is able to receive judgment. The good news of the covenant is the basis on which we may receive thecorrection required for our redemption.5. Love aspires to permanence, and so seeks the correction anddiscipleship that will make it permanent.6. The Church teaches self-control and the ability to wait. Christiandiscipleship sustains our self-giving permanently. We have no need to giveourselves away to one another instantly or to withdraw ourselves again.7. It is only because it is a finite world that we have to learn how to actwithin it. It is only when we exercise self-restraint that we can actgenerously and for other people.8. We may give ourselves to one another permanently, man to woman, inthe covenant of marriage. Self-giving depends on difference and itmatures complementarity. Marriage raises morale and result from goodmorale.9. The Church celebrates the resurrection and the passion simultaneously.It travels to Easter through the passion of Lent.10. The Church withdraws in Lent in order to prepare for the trials that thiswitness requires.11. Christ withstands the rage of man-without-God, overcomes this rageand so will redeem us from it.