The Baptism of Our Lord, January 13, 2019

Old Testament Isaiah 43:1–7

Epistle Romans 6:1–11

Gospel Luke 3:15–22

“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased,” the Father said to his Son at his Baptism in the Jordan (Gospel, Lk 3:22). “I have called you by name, you are mine,” the Father says to us through Isaiah by virtue of our Baptism (Old Testament Reading, Is 43:1). And because we are God’s sons and daughters, we have the certainty of his protection as did Christ. Thus the last verse of the Introit: “Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Ps 2:12c). The Gradual also emphasizes God’s protection, “For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.”

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