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The First Sunday of Epiphany - Year A

Isaiah 42: 1-9
Acts 10: 34-43
Matthew 3: 13-17

John’s baptism can easily seem a mere introduction, the soon-to-be-forgotten starting point. The early Church clearly didn’t see it like that, since John continues to haunt the story in all four Gospels and Acts. This wasn’t just surreptitious polemic against John’s continuing followers. It was positive: John was the heaven-sent prophet through whom the Messiah was to be revealed. Mentioning him reinforces
Jesus’ messiahship. This is particularly...

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays Year A by N T Wright

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