“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

When Jesus presents himself for baptism in the Sunday Gospel for Jan. 11, 2015, John the Baptist protests that he is not worthy to perform this ritual for one greater than himself. But Jesus insists and John relents. This insistence of Jesus seems to be based upon his desire to join all those in Israel, who are not just renouncing their sinfulness (which Jesus would not need to do), but are also declaring their readiness to receive the Lord in whatever manner he may wish to come. After all, the baptism of Jesus is not just an episode in his private life; it is the invitation of a whole people to accept God’s initiative for salvation.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 12, 2014 (BaptismA)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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First Reading

Book of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 42, verses 1-4, 6-7

1. The main objective of the Chosen One is to bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. How does Isaiah say he will accomplish this mighty enlightening of the world? How does the Church help to accomplish it today?

2. If enlightening the world isn’t in the cards for you, is there one dark corner you can brighten somehow?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 29: 1-4, 9-10

1. The Psalm speaks of the power of the voice of the Lord. How do we hear the voice of God in our lives? What is the Lord saying to us?

2. The Psalm says we are to give glory and praise to the Lord. How do we do this in our daily lives? What inspires us to want to sing praise to our Lord?

Second Reading

Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 10, Verses 34-38

1. The Psalm asks us, as sons of God, to give to the Lord glory and praise. Tell of what you are doing to serve the Lord and adore Him within your family and your community.

2. Our psalmist speaks of a powerful, majestic God, who speaks with a mighty, thundering voice. How is God's majesty at work in you, and how have you been empowered to be a good witness for the Lord?

According to Matthew, Chapter 3, Verses 13-17

1. Compare the visitation of the Magi with the baptism of Jesus. Are they both epiphanies?

2. Was the Trinity present at the baptism of Jesus? Do you think the Father and Holy Spirit were with Jesus throughout his entire earthly life even when he was on the cross? How does that thought make you feel about God the Father and the Holy Spirit? Do you think they are with you even when you feel as though they are absolutely not?

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1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont6:04 PM

    The Psalm is about the splendor and the power of God.
    We are reminded by the psalmist David
    that the voice of the Lord thunders over the waters.
    That same awesome voice thundered
    over the Jordan River that day
    when the heavens were torn open
    and the holy Spirit descended upon Jesus
    after he was baptized (see Matthew's Gospel).
    What happened at the Jordan River that day
    was to fulfill what the Lord said to Isaiah (lst reading) –
    “Here is my servant whom I uphold,
    my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
    upon whom I have put my spirit.”
    And, as Luke tells us in the 2nd reading,
    God anointed Jesus with power that day in the Jordan River,
    the power to serve the faithful (which is us),
    and to do battle on our behalf with the devil.
    That same Spirit is within each of us and empowers us
    to go about doing good works and fighting the evil one.