Vol: 46, No.10 THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD ( C) January 13 2019  
After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. (Mt 3:16-17)
Before Jesus begins his public ministry he goes to the river Jordan and submits himself to the baptism of John. Something very special happens when Jesus receives the baptism. The heaven opens and the Holy Spirit descends upon him. As in all heavenly appearances the recipient of the vision hears some words spoken to him/her, so Jesus too hears the voice of his Father calling him his beloved Son. After this experience Jesus begins his ministry, and then there is no looking back. As the Servant of God Jesus would open the eyes of the blind and heal all other oppressed categories of people, and lead them from darkness to light. His ministry would bring him in direct confrontation with the religious authorities who would take his life but he would come back to life gloriously. What does the feast of the baptism of the Lord teach us? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and

Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(In this Song of the Servant, Isaiah describes the servant as one neither breaking the bruised reed nor quenching the smoldering wick. He shows a gentle respect for others).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah
(42:1-4, 6-7)

Thus says the Lord: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice on the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. I am the
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