THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST - EPIPHANY 1


ISAIAH 42; 1-9


Today is the first Sunday in ordinary time with Sundays numbered from the Epiphany. We begin looking at Jesus’ ministry of teaching and healing. This ministry begins with his baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. This is the first year in the cycle of reading through the gospels and we will be concentrating on St Matthew’s gospel this year.


In looking at the extraordinary event of the baptism of Jesus, we are asked to take seriously the work of the Spirit in the life of every Christian, especially as the Spirit becomes powerful in us through the sacraments.


In this first reading we hear how God singles out his messenger and describes the errand to be undertaken. We are all called to be messengers of God.

A reading from Isaiah.



YEAR A; EPIPHANY + 1; THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST 1st READING

Isaiah 42; 1-9




Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

   my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;

   he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,

   or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,

   and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

   he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed

   until he has established justice in the earth;

   and the coastlands wait for his teaching.


Thus says God, the Lord,

   who created the heavens and stretched them out,

   who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

who gives breath to the people upon it

   and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,

   I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

I have given you as a covenant to the people,

   a light to the nations,

   to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

   from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord, that is my name;

   my glory I give to no other,

   nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass,

   and new things I now declare;

before they spring forth,

   I tell you of them.


HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD