Our response to the Father's offer of salvation is that of the Magi: "To offer gold is to proclaim Christ's Kingship, incense is to adore his Godhead, and myrrh is to acknowledge his mortality" (St Odilo). Creation responds as well: "When the king of heaven was born, the heavens knew that he was God because they immediately sent froth a star; the sea let him walk on water; the earth trembled when he died" (St Gregory). The manifestation of the Son of God to the world invites us to trust in him who will lead us home by another way.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.2nd Reading:
Jesus joins the people going out to John the Baptism in the gesture of repentance, not because there is sin in him, but in order to model for us the authentic way to approach the Father. Jesus surrenders to mercy by submitting himself to baptism in order to invite us to share in his relationship wiht the Father. By entering into our nothingness, Jesus inspires us to acknowledge his Father just as he does.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.2nd Reading:
Because God formed John the Baptist "in the womb to be his servant", John's whole being is ordered toward God. John immediately recognises that Christ is the one for whom his heart has been made and the same grace has, miraculously, been given to us. We are the ones who have been "called to take [our] place among the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ"...God shows his glory through us, as we glorify the Lamb of God.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 1:1-3Gospel:
St Paul urges the Corinthians to "be united again in your belief and practice" without any divisions among them. For there is no more irresistible witness to the truth of the Gospel than such unity in charity. No wonder that the first thing Jesus does when he moves to Capernaum is seek out companions. In the unity that Simon, Andrew, James and John experience through their friendship with Christ, they become certain that "the kingdom of heaven is close at hand".
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.2nd Reading:
1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17Gospel: