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The Baptism of the Lord A
January 12, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Encountered

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Trans-formations of the Body

The “one more powerful” assumes the position of weakness. It is precisely in this that he is beloved. And it is from this baptism sign that he is sent.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Baptism of Jesus

From the earliest times, the followers of Jesus were embarrassed by his submission to John’s baptism. John, after all, explained that his baptism was for the purpose of repentance. Being superior to John, Jesus did not need to repent.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Gregory the Wonder-worker

[Christ was] not ashamed to be born within the lowly limits of our human nature, but I cannot pass its bounds. I know the distance between the earth and the Creator, between the clay and the potter.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

There was a “baptist” sect which held that John was the bearer of God’s final revelation, in competition with the Christian Church. This made the story of Jesus’ baptism embarrassing for Christians.