＊＊＊ 1st Reading ＊＊＊
Come here, all you who are thirsty, come to the water!
All who have no money, come! Yes, without money and at no cost, buy and drink wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not food and labor for what does not satisfy?Listen to me, and you will eat well; you will enjoy the richest of fare.
Incline your ear and come to me; listen, that your soul may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, I will fulfill in you my promises to David. See, I have given him for a witness to the nations, a leader and commander of the people.
Likewise you will summon a nation unknown to you, and nations that do not know you will come hurrying to you for the sake of Yahweh your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has promoted you.
Seek Yahweh while he may be found; call to him while he is near. Let the wicked abandon his way, let him forsake his thoughts, let him turn to Yahweh for he will have mercy, for our God is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return till they have watered the earth, making it yield seed for the sower and food for others to eat,
so is my word that goes forth out of my mouth: it will not return to me idle, but it shall accomplish my will, the purpose for which it has been sent.
Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
＊＊＊ 2nd Reading ＊＊＊
1 John 5:1-9
All those who believe that Jesus is the Anointed, are born of God; whoever loves the Father, loves the Son. How may we know that we love the children of God? If we love God and fulfill his commands, for God’s love requires us to keep his commands. In fact, his commandments are not a burden because all those born of God overcome the world. And the victory which overcomes the world is our faith. Who has overcome the world? The one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus Christ was acknowledged through water, but also through blood. Not only water but water and blood. And the Spirit, too, witnesses to him for the Spirit is truth.
There are then three testimonies: the Spirit, the water and the blood, and these three witnesses agree. If we accept human testimony, with greater reason must we accept that of God, given in favor of his Son.
＊＊＊＊ Gospel ＊＊＊＊
He preached to the people saying, “After me comes one who is more powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. As for me, I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandals.”
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before him and he saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And these words were heard from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen.”
John proclaims the coming of someone mightier than he. Then Jesus appeared and was baptized by John. Miraculous signs accompanied His coming out the water marking Him as someone special and someone dear to God.
John is an interesting character. Cousin to the Messiah but he left home at an early age and spent time in the desert to hone his spiritual skills. When he reappeared, he is now a man who shares what he heard in the silence of the desert.
Someone mighty is to come. What he does pales in comparison to what this promised one will accomplish. And when Jesus came to be baptized, the heavens did not hold back.
A wonderful thing happens. Heaven opens up, a light in the form of the dove descends on Jesus, and a voice proclaims that He is he beloved Son. John’s testimony and that of heaven match. Interesting times will be ahead now that Jesus enters the scene.
Those who listen in silence hears more than those who entertain too many sounds around them. May we have the capacity to attune ourselves in silence so we can know more.