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'His birth brought great rejoicing.' Sunday Reflections, The Nativity of St John the Baptist

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Birth of the Baptist, Andrea Pisano [Web Gallery of Art]


The Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist takes precedence liturgically over the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
At the Vigil Mass

The Vigil Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening and has its own proper antiphons, prayers and readings, different from those of the Sunday Mass. Taking part in this Mass fulfils one's Sunday obligation.
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Gospel Luke 1:5-17 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)

At the Mass during the Day

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'The seed of eternal life.' Sunday Reflections, The Baptism of the Lord, Year B

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Baptistry, St Mark's, Venice [Web Gallery of Art]

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John the Baptist proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

In countries where the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated this year on Monday 8 January, eg the Philippines and the USA, there is only one reading before the Gospel and the Creed is omitted. Fea…

'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B

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St John the Baptist, El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
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The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight”’.
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming…

'I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’ Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God, Cesare da Sesto
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Gospel John 1:29-34 (NRSV)

The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

Sunday Reflections for the Feast of the Santo Niño (Philippines) arehere.
San Alfonso de Liguori Parish, Rome, 6 January 20…

'You are my Son, the Beloved.' Sunday Reflections. The Baptism of the Lord, Year C

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Gospel Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

A friend of my brother was asked about 25 years ago if he would mind playing a round of golf on a course near Belfast with a visitor from the European Continent. He agreed and the visitor was introduced as 'Monsieur So-and-so'. Naturally, the two men got chatting and the Irishman asked…

'Prepare the way of the Lord.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C

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Linaoli Tabernacle, St John the Baptist, Fra Angelico, c.1433
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Gospel Luke 3:1-6 (NRV, Catholic Edition, Can) 

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’

Charles Kuralt was…

'Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.' Sunday Reflections, The Baptism of the Lord, Year B

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The Baptism of Christ (detail), Tintoretto, 1579-81 Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice [Web Gallery of Art]

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http://www.universalis.com/20150111/mass.htm GospelMark 1:7-11 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)

John the Baptist proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.I have baptized you withwater; but he will baptize you withthe Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;with you I am well pleased.”
The Census at BethlehemPieter Bruegel the Elder, 1566 Musées Royaux des…

'O felix culpa; O happy fault.' Sunday Reflections, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B

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St John the Baptist, Donatello, 1438 Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice [Web Gallery of Art] Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) GospelJohn 1:6-8, 19-28 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.”Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said,“I am the voice of on…

'Prepare the way of the Lord.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B

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St John the BaptistEl Greco, c.1600Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco [Web Gallery of Art]
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The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:     ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,     make his paths straight,’”

'Here is the Lamb of God . . .' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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Madonna and Child with the Lamb of God, Cesare de Sesto, c.1615  [Web Gallery of Art]
In the Philippines the liturgy is that of the Feast of the Santo Niño (Holy Child). You'll find Sunday Reflections for that here.
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Gospel John 1:29-34 (New Revised StandardVersion, Catholic Edition, Canada) 
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize w…

'This is my beloved Son . . .' Sunday Reflections, The Baptism of the Lord, Year A

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The Baptism of Christ, El Greco, painted 1608-28 [Web Gallery of Art]
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Gospel Matthew 3:13-17 (New RevisedStandard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) 
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then he consented.And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were openedand he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him;and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son,with whom I am well pleased.”

Today's Feast of the Baptism of the Lord brings the liturgical season of Chri…