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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 14th February, 2016 Lent 1 True Worship

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert – Sunday 14th February 2016, Lent 1

True Worship Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:4-13, Luke 4:1-15

The Gospel reading is not about ‘temptation’ so much as about true worship. Jesus recognized his temptations as distractions from worshipping and trusting the one true God. To see temptation in terms of rules we would like to break, or impulses we must learn to tame, is to succumb to a second-order temptation: to see temptation itself in terms of negatives. The truth is very different. Every moment, God calls us to know, love and worship him, and thereby to find and celebrate our genuine humanity, and reflect his image in the world. Temptations lure us to turn away from that privilege and invitation, to lower our gaze, shorten our sights, and settle for second best or worse. The dictionary definition of the Greek word for ‘sin’ is ‘missing the mark.’ Sin, like a misfired arrow, drops short of the call to true humanness, to bearing and reflecting God’s image.

Jesus maintained a single-minded devotion. His allegiance to his Father overrode immediate bodily desires; it ruled out an easy but costly short cut to his vocation (to be the Lord of the world); it forbade him, by seeking a ‘proof’ of his status, to challenge the word spoken at his baptism. For him, worshipping the one he knew as Father was larger and richer than all these. The real answer to temptation is not ‘God will be cross if I do that’ but ‘if I do that, I will miss the best that my Father has for me.’ We are regularly tempted to miss out on the best that God has for us, the genuine humanness that Jesus offers to all through the Paschal mystery. As we set out on the wilderness Journey of Lent, we do well to reflect on true worship as the grounds of true holiness, and true belief as its identifying mark.                                                                                              (Adapted from Twelve Months of Sunday’s – Year C, by Tom Wright, page 40-1).

Romans 10:4-13 For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it 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. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 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. 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Deuteronomy 26:1-11When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” 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 labor 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. 10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. 11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.                  Luke 4:1-15 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, 10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’11 and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone