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Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

The Baptism of the Lord - January 8, 2017

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 42:1-9

Our reading is one of four Servant Songs, poems about God’s special agent who will fulfill his purpose for the faithful community. Though innocent, he will suffer for his people. Christians see this as a prediction of the coming of Jesus.


Acts 10:34-43

Peter is visiting Cornelius, an officer of the occupying Roman army and already a believer in God. Peter breaks Jewish law by visiting a Gentile.


Matthew 3:13-17

John the Baptist has appeared, calling people to repentance, to turning back to God’s ways, to the way of life to which Israel committed herself at Sinai. He has told of the nearness of God’s kingdom, the time of complete fulfilment of God’s promises to humans. A new era, in which God rules, is almost here!

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