January 11, 2015, First Sunday after Epiphany
Matthew 3:1-17--John the Baptist, Jesus is baptized to fulfill all righteousness
Reflection on the Text
Righteousness is a key concept in Matthew’s gospel. In this story John gathered followers, baptizing them into a life of righteous living. Religious and political leaders who arrived at the Jordan River were reprimanded for their lack of righteous living. When Jesus was baptized, his public ministry began. He helped people to understand that righteous living was necessary, not for eternal salvation, but for the well-being of the human community.