Sunday 2/9/2022 Summary
FIRST READING: Isaiah 43:1-7
Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring them home. They need no longer be afraid, because this one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them.
SECOND READING: Acts 8:14-17
Peter and John are sent to support the new Christians in Samaria, a group that was recently baptized after hearing the good news of Christ through the preaching of Philip. Here the Samaritans receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the laying on of hands.
GOSPEL: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The reading opens with questions about the identity of the Messiah. John the Baptist insists that he is not the Messiah; instead he points ahead to one who is coming. And whether the voice of God was heard by all or only by Jesus, God settles the matter: Jesus is God’s beloved Son.