Scripture Reflections for the Baptism of the Lord

Year C, Lectionary 21

Hate feeling lost on Sundays at church? Searching for a better explanation of the Bible than what you hear from your pastor's sermon? Check out the following collection of audio, video, and text commentaries from various Christian experts for a better understanding of today's scripture that deal with: BaptismChangeChildCrossDoubtExodusFaithFamilyFollowGiftGraceGuideHealingHoly SpiritIdentityIncarnationJohn-the-BaptistLeadLoveMagiMiracleMissionParentPraisePrayerPriestProphetPurgatoryRevelationSheepSinTrustVocation

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 or
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 104:1-4, 24-25, 27-30 or
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 or
Acts 10:34-38

“God has, so to speak, cleansed the gentile people's through the death of Jesus and therefore the door is now open for them to come into communion with the beginning of the new Israel”

"Acts 10 and Baptism in the Early Church" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
Andrea Hattler Bramson |

“Jesus wants to lie with us in our sick bed. That's why he came. Jesus loves us so much that he presses up against us and is unconcerned about the contagion that we might have.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“we need to let the ego die. We need a new exodus. And so in baptism we enter into the life-giving death of Jesus so that we may rise with him to newness of life.”

"Rising to a new life" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Jesus is the son of God by nature but we become the children of God by adoption at our baptism”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |
Ferdinand Okorie, C.M.F. |

“to what advantage have we put to use the graces we received on that holy day of our baptism?”

Fr. David Friel |
Overall Readings
"Miracles, the Messiah, and the Gentiles" | Brant Pitre |

“Christmas is not a gift from the store, it's when you give yourself away”

"Are You Hearing Voices?" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |
Mariángel Marco Teja |