Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
A savior would not dominate men and women, but would free them. Such a savior, far from wanting slaves, would be a servant.
John J. Pilch
John was acknowledged as one who witnessed to the “truth,” something very unusual in the Mediterranean world.
Because our many sins had made us subject to death and corruption, the Father gave his son as our redemption.
“Light to the nations” highlights a theme sounded by our Church:
It may not be obvious at first glance, but all of this Sunday's readings point in that direction.
Reginald H. Fuller
The Baptist bears witness to the theological meaning of the baptism expressed in the voice from heaven and in the descent of the dove.