Readings on the Baptism of the Lord / A

Image: Mosaic of the Baptism of the Lord in Medugorje

First Reading
Is 42:1-4, 6-7

Behold my servant with whom I am well-pleased..

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the LORD:
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
   my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
   he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
   not making his voice heard in the street.
A bruised reed he shall not break,
   and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
   the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
   I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
   as a covenant of the people,
   a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
   to bring out prisoners from confinement,
   and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Responsorial Psalm
PPs 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10

R. :

℟. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
   give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
   adore the LORD in holy attire.

℟. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
   the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
   the voice of the LORD is majestic.

℟. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

The God of glory thunders,
   and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
   the LORD is enthroned as king forever.

℟. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Second Reading
Acts 10:34-38

God anointed him with the Holy Spirit.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
   in the house of Cornelius, saying:
   “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
   is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the Israelites
   as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,
   what has happened all over Judea,
   beginning in Galilee after the baptism
   that John preached,
   how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
   with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
   and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
   for God was with him.”

Acclamation before the Gospel
See Mark 9:7

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

The heavens were opened and the Father’s voice was heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 3:13-17

When Jesus had been baptized and had been praying,the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit came upon him.

✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
   to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying,
   “I need to be baptized by you,
   and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply,
   “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
   to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized,
   he came up from the water and behold,
   the heavens were opened for him,
   and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
   and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying,
   “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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