Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12 Isaiah says that from the line of David God will raise up a mighty savior to bring peace & salva-
tion to the world. In the second reading, Paul declares that this salvation is now open to the Gen-
tiles. The Gospel tells of John the Baptist heralding Christ’s coming and calling for true repen-
tance, for the Kingdom of heaven was at hand.
Today’s readings remind us that through Christ God fulfilled the promise he made to his people to bring them salvation. This came about through Christ’s death and resurrection, opening the way to eternal life for all who believed, both Jew and Gentile. In gratitude for this great gift, let us serve Christ with undivided hearts.