First Sunday of Lent Genesis 9: 8-15; 1 Peter 3 18-22; Mark 1: 12-15 The Lord spoke to Noah. Sec, I establish my covenant with you . . . the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mankind.
T. FIRST SUNDAY of Lent recalls Noah and the flood that had threatened to engulf him. The deluge that swallowed the earth describes what happens when we tuns away from God. We drown in our own chaos. As Noah's tale unfolds, disaster turns to salvation. God will not abandon us to our own confusion. The ark that sheltered Noah holds out the hope of a God who will not stand unmoved as we sink into the depths of sin. Through the waters of baptism we are brought to salvation, sharing in the death and resurrection of Christ. These primeval images call to mind the sin that we have all felt and experienced. When we sin against God and each other. we destroy the ground upon which our lives are built. Like a drowning man, we are overwhelmed by the chaos that we ourselves have unleashed.
The call to repentance, which we heard on Ash Wednesday, invites us to consider our lives and choose. Do we sink deeper into the depths of our own sin and selfishness? Do we allow our inner chaos to overwhelm us. or do we turn to God In the person of Nuah we see the promise that awaits our repentance. God himself will be our shelter. our refuge from the unchecked forces that sin unleashes in our lives.