Sunday, January 9, 2022
The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord for Year C focus on the revelation of Jesus Christ as God’s beloved and upon the effects of the Spirit. In the first reading (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7) we hear being formed and presented as a light for the nations. The alternate first reading (Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11) foretells the coming of John the Baptist. The psalm (Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10) tells us to give God the glory. The alternate psalm (Psalm 104:1B-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30) praises God for his life-giving power. In the second reading (Acts 10:34-38.) we hear that Jesus was anointed with the Spirit. The alternate second reading (Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7) we are told Christ renews us with his Spirit. The gospel (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22) tells of the baptism of Jesus Christ, when the Spirit descended and a voice declared “You are my beloved Son”.
Do we view ourselves and others as God’s beloved? How does the Spirit act in my life? Here are some ideas: