Journey into Freedom Day 12

The Temptation of Adam and Eve.

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may share with Adam and Eve that shame and confusion that is brought about by sin.

Setting: Read the passage below and consider what it might say to you and your life. You might like to imagine you are Adam or Eve in the story below.

Genesis 3:1-7 NRSVA

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.”’

But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Painting of the Temptation of Adam and Eve.

Conversation: Talk to Christ in your own words as a friend or a leader. You may want to talk about what this passage from Genesis raises for you.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: Only when we experience God's forgiveness are we truly reborn. It is there that we rediscover ourselves: in confessing our sins. - Pope Francis

Sin

This week we look at the effects of sin on our lives. Without the knowledge of good and evil sin would not be possible. Could it be that it is this moral sense, the ability to judge what is good and what is evil, that distinguishes us from the rest of creation?