Mass Readings for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
- First Reading – Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7: “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, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 29: “The Lord will bless his people with peace.”
- Second Reading – Acts 10:34-38: “You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.”
- Gospel – Matthew 3:13-1: “After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him.”
Themes for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
The readings for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Year A give us reason to think about our own baptisms. The first reading speaks of our savior. The psalm declares “The Lord will bless his people with peace.” The second reading points out that Jesus Christ was baptized for the sake of our own salvation. In the gospel recounts how Jesus was baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist.
- Taking baptism for granted
- Viewing myself as “Beloved”
- The movement of the Holy Spirit
Resources for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
This Beloved lesson plan will help youth understand that baptism brings us into life as members of our Heavenly Father’s family.
This is a water game for teenagers which can be played indoors if you don’t mind wiping up a few puddles at the end. It is basically Duck Duck Goose with water.
This prayer is based on Psalm 29, which is one of the psalm choices for the Mass readings. This prayer acclaims God as the Lord of Majesty and King of the World.
This is an indoor water game. It is not messy at all! Tie this in with a baptism theme.
This word search puzzle includes words typically associated with baptism.
This paper plate dove craft is simple enough for all ages.
Homilies and Reflections for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
Our Holy Father explains why we should baptize small children.
Jeff Cavins offers his insights on the readings for this Sunday, The Baptism of the Lord.
Bishop Robert Barron reflects on John the Baptist’ statement that Jesus should be baptizing him. This reversal–still stunning 2000 years later–is indicative of the Incarnation’s purpose: God’s desire to enter into the state and condition of the sinner out of love.
Scott Hahn explains that in Baptism, all are anointed with that same Spirit, made beloved sons and daughters of God.
Pope Francis reflects that the baptism of our Lord shows an attitude of simplicity and respect. He also explains the need for infant baptism.
More Thoughts for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
Today’s gospel tells us that Jesus started his public ministry with the clear affirmation that he is the Son of God. Matthew’s gospel account differs from the other synoptic gospels in that the proclamation “This is my beloved son.” is directed to all who are present.
This gospel account also tells us that Jesus is baptized for “righteousness”. Our own baptisms also call us to live as Isaiah tells us in the first reading, being a light to all we encounter. This brings to mind how we each received the light of Christ at our baptism, symbolized by our baptismal candles.
Reflection Questions for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
- How often do I think of my baptism and what it means in my daily life?
- Do I see myself as God’s beloved son or daughter?
- Can I think of a recent example of when I was a light to those around me?
Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the Baptism of the Lord Year A
I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
Faith is a gift that keeps alive a profound and beautiful certainty: that we are God’s beloved children.Pope Francis