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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 11:1-10)
Through Isaiah, the Lord announces that the line of King David’s father Jesse will be revived with the coming of a righteous and just ruler endowed with the Spirit of God. The nations will notice when the poor and meek thrive and even the brutality of nature is transformed.
Psalm (72:1-7, 18-19)
The Psalmist prays that his current king, or perhaps a future king, will be a righteous judge who delivers the poor and punishes the oppressor. Long may his reign of prosperity, righteousness, and peace, endure. The Lord, whose glory already fills the earth, will accomplish all of this.
Second Reading (Romans 15:4-13)
St. Paul urges the Romans to live in harmony, especially in giving glory to God. They should imitate Jesus, who has welcomed them, as Gentiles, into his kingdom. This was foreseen in the ancient promises of Scripture which looked to the line of Jesse for the hope of the nations.
Gospel (Matthew 3:1-12)
Matthew tells us that the appearance of John the Baptist is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s word regarding the forerunner of the Lord. John insists that what God demands is true repentance and warns that one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and the fire of judgment is coming.
- The Lord uses both establishment and outsider types to fulfill his plan
- Jesus is the hope of the nations
- The arrival of the Kingdom of God is good news and bad news because Jesus is both universal king and judge
- Jesus is the expected Davidic king and judge
- It is all according to Plan