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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Indeed, the three readings for today give a very specific slant to the baptism and mission of Jesus. The readings from Isaiah and Paul’s letter to the Corinthians emphasise that God’s salvation is for all the world, not just the people of Israel. We find this also in the gospel when John the Baptist declares, ‘there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world’. It is the sin ‘of the world’ that Jesus takes away; that is, all humankind. This was a tough concept for the Jews whose relationship with God was grounded in the concept of being the ‘chosen people’; a people set apart.

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