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The Baptism of the Lord C
January 13, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Trans-formations of the Body

Jesus enters into radical solidarity with all men and women, taking upon himself even the condition of our sinfulness, himself having not sinned.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Baptism of Jesus

The public and social acknowledgment of paternity by the male was of critical importance. This act not only gave the child legitimacy and appropriate social standing in the community but also publicly obliged the father to accept responsibility for the child.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Hippolytus of Rome

As in Noah’s ark a dove revealed God’s love for the human race, so now it was in the form of a dove, as though with an olive branch in its beak, that the Spirit descended and rested on him to whom the Father would bear witness.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Water cleanses and the Holy Spirit enlivens. We re-enter the gathering to celebrate. Christ’s saving action in the Eucharist re-members us in the community, no matter how stained our pasts may be.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The second coming which had been the dominant theme at the beginning of Advent but had receded into the background as the season progressed and the expectation of the birth of Christ took over, is not completely forgotten now that Christmas has come.