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First Reading for the Baptism of the Lord Year B

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Summary: The Lord delights in His servant, endowed with His spirit, to bring justice gently and quietly to nations, freeing the oppressed and guiding the world in righteousness.

The Servant of Justice

Thus says the LORD: 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, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

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.

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