The Baptism of the Lord. January 12.

Second Isaiah’s four Songs of the Servant have an important place in Christian theology and worship. The First Reading today proclaims a spirit of hope.

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Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;

He will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,

Or make it heard in the street;

A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth;

and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,

I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,

to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

from the prison those who sit in darkness.