Embrace of Saving History

Sunday, January 12
Matthew 3:13–17

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“Baptism of Christ” by Davezelenka

Jesus launches his public ministry as he emerges from the waters of the Jordan. Biblical themes about water are touched upon and blended in this account. Recall the Spirit hovering over the chaotic waters in Genesis, Noah, the ark, the dove, the crossing of the Jordan in Joshua 3, and the Exodus readings these Saturdays. All are gathered into one event that unites heaven and earth, the divine and the human. Jesus embraces all of God’s saving history to himself. The saving energy of God is fused into one laser beam of Christ’s light as we celebrate this second Epiphany of Jesus—his baptism.

It is a moment in history with cosmic dimensions. Immerse all your senses in the scene. Renew your baptism. Rise with Jesus and be free.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
Jesus, John and the Jordan v. 13
Fulfilling all of God’s plan v. 15
Holy Spirit descending v. 16
“This my Son: the Beloved” v. 17

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This is the Second Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year A is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.

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