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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 42:1-9)
The Lord will send his chosen servant to bring about universal justice. Unnoticed, a new era will dawn as he opens blind eyes and sets captives free. A covenant will be made in him, the light of the nations. All glory to the Lord who has declared it so.
The Psalmist calls all heavenly beings to worship the Lord for his glory and strength, as seen in his voice shaking the very earth itself. All in his temple cry “Glory!” to the eternal king who sits above the flood. May he bless his people with strength and peace.
Second Reading (Acts 10:34-43)
Peter, his own eyes now opened, tells Gentiles associated with Cornelius that Jesus is Lord of all. While he began his mission among the Jews after John’s baptism, his resurrection shows he is Judge of all humanity and forgives anyone who believes in him.
Gospel (Matthew 3:13-17)
John the Baptist defers to Jesus as his superior, but Jesus insists on undergoing baptism to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus’ baptism culminates with his being anointed with the divine Spirit and the voice of God proclaiming him as his beloved Son.
- Jesus assumes God’s role as Judge and Redeemer
- All that came before Jesus witnesses to him
- Jesus’ appearance marks the beginning of the time of God’s final Salvation
- Jesus’ baptism moves the divine plan from the old covenant to the new
- The person of John the Baptist is important but not as great as Jesus, to whom he bore witness
- Jesus’ messianic ministry begins after his baptism by John
- The combination of the humble and the majestic in the life of Jesus