Gospel Reflection for January 10, 2016, Baptism of the Lord

Sunday Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11; Titus 2.11-14, 3.4-7; Luke 3.15-16, 21-22 “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3.16) After the exile in Babylon many people return to the land of Israel, rebuild their city and temple, and revive their worship. Then Greek and Roman conquerors arrive, threatening the templeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 10, 2016, Baptism of the Lord”

Beloved Children of God

In this Sunday’s gospel from Matthew, we hear the story of Jesus’ baptism. Jesus goes to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist, who had been performing baptisms for Jews who wished to repent of their sins. At first, John is uncomfortable with the idea of baptizing Jesus, since John had beenContinue reading “Beloved Children of God”

Gospel Reflection for January 12, 2014, Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized be John, a voice from the heavens spoke. “This is my beloved Son.  My favor rests on him.” Matthew 3.17 In receiving John’s baptism, Jesus passes from private life in Galilee to public life characterized by humility and compassionate justice.  At his baptism the Spirit of God commissions him for hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 12, 2014, Baptism of the Lord”

Baptism of the Lord

  Baptism of the Lord. A guest post from Claire Bischoff I still cringe when I see pictures of myself (or even imagine them!) from my first year in high school. Not yet ready for contact lenses, every day I donned a pair of oversized pink plastic glasses that were always sliding awkwardly down myContinue reading “Baptism of the Lord”

Gospel Reflection for January 13, Baptism of the Lord

When Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my son, my Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3.21-22 By the time of John the Baptist in Israel’s history, people wonder where to lookContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 13, Baptism of the Lord”