Christ baptizes in the Holy Spirit

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Jan.15-16, 2011
Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

John the Baptist was a dramatic figure. He was out in the desert; and he wore clothing made of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. He preached repentance to prepare for the coming Messiah, and he baptized with water those who responded to his message. And he drew quite a crowd. St. Matthew tells us [3:4-5]: At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him.

And in our Gospel reading today, with a crowd of people around him, John is pointing at a man who is coming toward them. (more…)

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