Let’s take a look at some of the key themes that surface in the readings for the Baptism of the Lord. Please note that there are options for the 1st Reading, Psalm and 2nd Reading!
1st Reading – Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7
- Isaiah speaks of God’s chosen one in whom he is well pleased.
- This servant shall perform mighty deeds that bring hope and life to the people.
1st Reading – Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
- The people hear of the one who will prepare the way of the Lord.
- The herald brings good news of comfort and tenderness which casts out fear.
- “The Lord will bless his people with peace.”
- Glory and praise is given to God who reigns with might over heaven and earth.
- “O bless the Lord, my soul”
- God’s majesty is praised for the goodness of all creation.
2nd Reading – Acts 10:34-38
- While in the house of Cornelius (a non-Jew) Peter teaches about Jesus.
- Peter references the baptism of John and the power of Jesus to do good deeds.
2nd Reading – Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7
- The grace of God trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires.
- We have been saved through the “bath of rebirth” and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Gospel – Luke 3:15-16,21-22
- John testifies that one mightier than he is coming who will baptize the people with the Holy Spirit and fire.
- As Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit comes upon him in the form of a dove and the Father’s voice is heard from heaven.