January 9, 2011
The Baptism of Our Lord
(First Sunday after the Epiphany)
FIRST READING: Isaiah 42:1-9
Here is my servant! I have made him strong.
He is my chosen one; I am pleased with him.
I have given him my Spirit,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2He won’t shout or yell or call out in the streets.
3He won’t break off a bent reed or put out a dying flame,
but he will make sure that justice is done.
4He won’t quit or give up until he brings justice
everywhere on earth,
and people in foreign nations long for his teaching.
5I am the LORD God. I created the heavens
like an open tent above.
I made the earth and everything that grows on it.
I am the source of life for all who live on this earth,
so listen to what I say.
6I chose you to bring justice, and I am here at your side.
I selected and sent you to bring light
and my promise of hope to the nations.
7You will give sight to the blind;
you will set prisoners free from dark dungeons.
8My name is the LORD! I won’t let idols or humans
share my glory and praise.
9Everything has happened just as I said it would;
now I will announce what will happen next.
PSALMODY: Psalm 29
1All of you angels in heaven,
honor the glory and power of the LORD!
2Honor the wonderful name of the LORD,
and worship the LORD most holy and glorious.
3The voice of the LORD echoes over the oceans.
The glorious LORD God thunders
above the roar of the raging sea,
4and his voice is mighty and marvelous.
5The voice of the LORD destroys the cedar trees;
the LORD shatters cedars on Mount Lebanon.
6God makes Mount Lebanon skip like a calf
and Mount Hermon jump like a wild ox.
7The voice of the LORD makes lightning flash
8and the desert tremble.
And because of the LORD,
the desert near Kadesh shivers and shakes.
9The voice of the LORD makes deer give birth
before their time.
Forests are stripped of leaves,
and the temple is filled with shouts of praise.
10The LORD rules on his throne,
king of the flood forever.
11Pray that our LORD will make us strong
and give us peace.
SECOND READING: Acts 10:34-43
34Peter then said:
Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. 35God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from. 36This is the same message that God gave to the people of Israel, when he sent Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, to offer peace to them.
37You surely know what happened everywhere in Judea. It all began in Galilee after John had told everyone to be baptized. 38God gave the Holy Spirit and power to Jesus from Nazareth. He was with Jesus, as he went around doing good and healing everyone who was under the power of the devil. 39We all saw what Jesus did both in Israel and in the city of Jerusalem.
Jesus was put to death on a cross. 40But three days later, God raised him to life and let him be seen. 41Not everyone saw him. He was seen only by us, who ate and drank with him after he was raised from death. We were the ones God chose to tell others about him.
42God told us to announce clearly to the people that Jesus is the one he has chosen to judge the living and the dead. 43Every one of the prophets has said that all who have faith in Jesus will have their sins forgiven in his name.
GOSPEL: Matthew 3:13-17
13Jesus left Galilee and went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14But John kept objecting and said, “I ought to be baptized by you. Why have you come to me?”
15Jesus answered, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed.
16So Jesus was baptized. And as soon as he came out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. 17Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him.”