Sunday, January 7, 2024
The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord for Year B remind us that like Jesus, we are members of God’s family through the gift of baptism. The first reading (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7) speaks of being formed and called. The alternate first reading (Isaiah 55:1-11) is a call to grow closer to God. The psalm (Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10) reminds us that God brings peace to his children. The alternate responsorial psalm (Isaiah 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6) is full of images of water and salvation. The second reading (Acts 10:34-38) tells of how the proclamation of the Good News began with the baptism of Jesus. The alternate second reading (1 John 5:1-9) declares that “there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood”. The gospel (Mark 1:7-11) recalls the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan by John the Baptist.
So possible topics for this Sunday are baptism and the Holy Spirit. Evangelism and kinship with God might also be appropriate. Here are some ideas: