Synopsis – Someone has said that when the lectionary leaves out a few verses in between the ones it lists, those are the most important verses. So what do we learn in the verses left out? We learn that John is in prison, which begs the question: Who baptized Jesus? In Luke’s version the Holy Spirit does. Baptism then is essentially God’s work, through which Jesus (and we) are named…and claimed.
Readings – Luke 3: 15-18, 21-22