SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
The Lord said to me: “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
At the baptism of the Lord, a visible dove descended and remained on Jesus fulfilling the promise made to John that he would see with his own eyes the one who was coming to baptize with the Holy Spirit. John testified as a witness, not merely as a prophet, that Jesus was the Son of God.
John had a ministry of baptism in the desert and people came from all over to hear him preaching. But his preaching and baptizing was only the beginning of the revelation of the Messiah to Israel.
Like John, God desires that his servants have ears to hear him, “Sacrifice and offering you do not desire but you have given me an open ear,” and eyes to see him “I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Then we too can get testimony to what we know. We too “are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together”, as Paul writes to the Corinthians.
Today we call upon the grace of our baptism to see and hear the Lord in His word, in the movement of His Holy Spirit, and in revelation. Let us be bold in sharing our testimony of what we see and hear with others as the psalmist writes, “I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.”