5. READINGS FOR THE DAY

The readings for the First Sunday of Lent

A reading from the book of Genesis

(Genesis 9:8-15 NRSV)

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.


Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 24(25):4-6, 7b-9 NRSV)

Resp: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.
 
            Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
                        teach me your paths.
            Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
                        for you are the God of my salvation;
 
Resp: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.
 
            Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love,
                        for they have been from of old.
            according to your steadfast love remember me,
                        for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!
 
Resp: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.
 
            Good and upright is the LORD;
                        therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
            He leads the humble in what is right,
                        and teaches the humble his way.
 
Resp: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.
 

A reading from the first letter of Peter

1 Peter 3:18-22 (NRSV)

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

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