<p>This week we reflect on the readings for this week in year A, which is the Baptism of the Lord: Isaiah 49:1-7, 1st Corinthians 1:1-9 and John 1:29-42.</p>
The paradox of an Israel sent to Israel is part of the powerful thrust the OT towards the NT, since not even the remnant of true Israelites can fulfill the boundless expectations of vs.1-13. We are driven to seek a more perfect embodiment of God's light, salvation (6), and covenant (8) in Christ at the head of his church, 'the Israel of God.'
“It is an item in faith that we are children of God; there is plenty of experience in us against it. The faith that surmounts this evidence and is able to warm itself at the fire of God’s love, instead of having to steal love and self-acceptance from other sources, is actually the root of holiness.”
The Church is not exempt from this low an- thropology. It is sadly humorous to ponti cate about the virtues of the early church. e early church was a mess, lled with sinners. St. Paul, in his rst epistle to the Corinthians, points this out. Paul lets them know they are far from a pious community, that there is immorality amongst them that shocks even the pagans.
This is very important to understand: anthropologically speaking, there is no difference between Christians and non-Christians. When the church forgets this truth, she gets herself into all sorts of trouble. Instead of making herself irrelevant, the church that has an N.W.A. anthropology has something to say and can speak to the culture at large. A church with a low an- thropology can see herself as part of the problem and, in humility, share the good news of God’s grace. A church with a low anthropology is not shocked by the sin of the world, but can minister to people—“Dope Man” and “Gang- sta” alike—free of judgement and assumption.
-Jacob Smith, "Straight Outta Corinth"
The Christology of John the Baptist:
- "A man is coming right after me": The historical Jesus (his true humanity)
- "Who actually ranks well above me": The royal Jesus (his true messianity)
- "Because he came way before me": The preexistent Jesus (his true divinity) -Dale Brune, The Gospel of John: A Commentary