As I have mentioned more than once before, one of the most aggravating things about following the Lectionary is having to go over the same thing every year; also, one of the best things about the Lectionary is going over the same thing every year. Seems I’m a little conflicted.
The aggravation comes from the feeling of having to come up with something “new” to say about the Trinity, or Advent, or, in this case, Jesus’ baptism. Fortunately there is an antidote to that feeling and it is realizing that I don’t have to come up with anything “new” at all. It is highly unlikely I am going to get a new, never-before-encountered, insight into anything in Scripture so I have stopped trying. Although, the feeling still pops up around these times of the year whether I want it to or not. Once I remind myself no one has ever asked me for something truly novel then I can get to the actual work, i.e. what does the Baptism of the Lord Sunday have for us this year.
As you may have noticed over the past while we have been looking at the Incarnation; this Sunday continues that trend in what I hope is a helpful way.
By the way, I am trying something slightly different with the “download MP3” option, let me know if it messes you up in any way.