First Reading: Is 40:1-5; 9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 104: 1b-4; 24-30
Second Reading: Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7
Gospel: Luke 3:15-16; 21-22
Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord – the end of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. We have spent the Advent and Christmas Seasons recalling the Incarnation, God’s gift of love in the world so that we would know what love looks like as it walks across the room, what love feels like as it embraces us. Today we recall our own baptism which calls us to go forth into the world to make known the love of the Incarnation to everyone we meet in our sometimes not so ordinary lives. In doing this, we, too, hear the words in the Gospel, “you are my beloved, with you I am well pleased!”
Most High Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart with your radiant mercy. Give me true faith that I may not need to see in order to believe, certain hope in the transforming power of the Incarnation, and perfect charity to gently embrace everyone with love. Give me sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command to transform the world with your love.
Br. Joseph Bach, OSF