Monday 9 January 2023

About Today Readings

Baptism of the Lord

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7. The Lord will bless his people with peace – Psalm 28(29):1-4, 9-10. Acts 10:34-38. Matthew 3:13-17.

All human beings are spiritual and moral equals

In Acts today, we see reiterated a theme of Christ that has held unstoppable power through the centuries: the radical vision of all human beings as spiritual and moral equals under the One God, the Father of the human family. A couple of years ago, perhaps in a forgetful moment, an ABC TV presenter idly identified Christians as racists. Many people think that anti-racism began with Martin Luther King Jnr (MLK) in the 1960s. But MLK was a Christian pastor. His rhetorical style flows directly from the New Testament. When St Peter tells the Roman centurion Cornelius that ‘in every nation everyone who fears God and does good’ is accepted by God, he directly inspires the equally immortal words of MLK when he looked ‘to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.’ Thank you, Lord, for your universal embrace.

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