Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
The entirety of the Old Testament is a preparation for the New Covenant to be made by Jesus. We can find hints of the new within the old that help us to understand the life and mission of Jesus and how it applies to our lives today. Each of us is called to prepare not only our own lives but also the society and the world we live in for the proclamation of the Gospel. This is an enormous task and we cannot afford to leave it up to a few individuals. Each of us must do his or her part and together we will be able to make a difference. Yes, some have a larger role than others, but ultimately we all need to work together in this mission.
1 Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, 2 not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, 4 until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching. 6 I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
P S A L M
Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
R: The Lord will bless his people with peace.
1 Give to the LORD, you sons of God, give to the LORD glory and praise, 2 give to the LORD the glory due his name; adore the LORD in holy attire. (R) 3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters, the LORD, over vast waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is mighty; the voice of the LORD is majestic. (R) The God of glory thunders, 9 and in his temple all say, ?Glory!? 10 The LORD is enthroned above the flood; the LORD is enthroned as king forever. (R)
God is the one who saves. No one else can do this. Saints and angels can intercede for us but only God works the gift of salvation in our lives. As we reflect upon the meaning of our Baptism in the light of Jesus? Baptism by John, it is clear that we are called into the mission of Jesus through our Baptism. The gift of salvation brings with it the responsibility to be willing to share the same gift with others and so further the work of the Kingdom of God through the witness of our lives. Let us pray for the grace to be faithful to our calling.
34 Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, ?In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. 35 Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. 36 You know the word [that] he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, 37 what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.?
G O S P E L
15 Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, saying, ?I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.? 21 After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ?You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.?
think: Each of us is called to prepare not only our own lives but also the society and the world we live in for the proclamation of the Gospel.
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