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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 49:1-7)
Isaiah speaks of the Lord’s chosen servant who is to turn Israel back to God and be used for his glory, manifesting the light of salvation to the nations. Presently despised, Israel will be so noticeably blessed that even foreign kings shall worship the Lord.
The Psalmist speaks as someone whom the Lord has rescued from the pit, set on a rock, and enabled to sing a new song that leads many to faith. It is not temple sacrifices that have saved him, but simply God’s love and mercy, and he now delights in his law.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)
St. Paul celebrates the grace of God that has been manifested to the Corinthians as part of the fellowship of Christ being instituted throughout the entire world. Through grace they have been enriched by having every spiritual gift poured out upon them.
Gospel (John 1:29-42)
John the Baptist appears as a mere servant pointing to a greater one to come. Seeing the Holy Spirit descend upon his cousin Jesus, John identifies him as both the Son and Lamb of God. Two of John’s disciples follow Jesus and then recruit Peter, or “the Rock”.
- Grace is characteristic of the manifestation of the Lord
- God uses those he has lifted up for his greater glory
- The ones God has saved are set upon the surest of foundations
- We cannot be silent about what God has done for us
- When God’s people wholeheartedly proclaim God’s blessings, the whole world will be drawn to him