January 9, 2017

The Baptism of the Lord

Isaiah 42: 1- 4, 6- 7

42:1 Behold my servant, I will uphold him, my elect, with him my soul is well-pleased. I have sent my Spirit upon him. He will offer judgment to the nations.
42:2 He will not cry out, and he will not show favoritism to anyone; neither will his voice be heard abroad.
42:3 The bruised reed he will not break, and the smoldering wick he will not extinguish. He will lead forth judgment unto truth.
42:4 He will not be saddened or troubled, until he establishes judgment on earth. And the islands will await his law.
42:6 I, the Lord, have called you in justice, and I have taken your hand and preserved you. And I have presented you as a covenant of the people, as a light to the Gentiles,
42:7 so that you may open the eyes of the blind, and lead out the prisoner from confinement and those sitting in darkness from the house of incarceration.

Or:

Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38

10:34 Then, Peter, opening his mouth, said: “I have concluded in truth that God is not a respecter of persons.
10:35 But within every nation, whoever fears him and works justice is acceptable to him.
10:36 God sent the Word to the sons of Israel, announcing the peace through Jesus Christ, for he is the Lord of all.
10:37 You know that the Word has been made known throughout all Judea. For beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
10:38 Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, traveled around doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil. For God was with him.

The Gospel according to Matthew 3:13-17

3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee, to John at the Jordan, in order to be baptized by him.
3:14 But John refused him, saying, “I ought to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?”
3:15 And responding, Jesus said to him: “Permit this for now. For in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all justice.” Then he allowed him.
3:16 And Jesus, having been baptized, ascended from the water immediately, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him.
3:17 And behold, there was a voice from heaven, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”