Gen. 9:8-15 / Ps. 25:4-9 / 1 Pt. 3:18-22 / Mk. 1:12-15
Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.
We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel.
Like Adam, he, too, is tempted by the devil. But while Adam fell, giving reign to sin and death (see Romans 5:12-14, 17-20), Jesus is victorious.
This is the good news, the “gospel of God” that he proclaims. Through his death, resurrection and enthronement at the right hand of the Father, the world is once again made God’s kingdom.
But like Jesus, and Israel before him, we have passed through the baptismal waters only to be driven into the wilderness — a world filled with afflictions and tests of our faithfulness (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, 9,13; Deuteronomy 8:2,16).
We are led on this journey by Jesus. He is the Savior — the way and the truth we sing of in today’s Psalm (see John 14:6). He feeds us with the bread of angels (see Psalm 78:25; Wisdom 16:20), and cleanses our consciences in the sacrament of reconciliation.
As we begin this holy season, let us renew our baptismal vows — to repent and believe the Gospel.