Sermon for the First Sunday of Epiphany--The Baptism of Our Lord: Irony of Ironies
January 11, 2015
Calvary - St. George's Church
Everyone has heard about the horrific events that occurred in Paris earlier this week. A group of radicals attempted to silence a voice that they despised. Irony of ironies, that voice is now louder than ever...
Today is the first Sunday of the season of Epiphany. Christmas celebrated the coming of the God-man Jesus, Epiphany celebrates the manifestation or showing forth of the glory of God in Jesus. On Tuesday, many of us took part in the Feast of the Epiphany. We witnessed the showing forth of the glory of God to the wise men from the East; to outsiders, to people who do not belong. Today is the Baptism of our Lord Sunday. This morning we’ll witness the showing forth of the glory of God in the baptism of his Son.
Or will we? Yes, you’ve heard right, the first Sunday of the Epiphany season is about the manifestation of the glory of Jesus in his baptism, but, ironically enough, the Gospel lesson for today does anything but show forth his glory. In fact, if anything it conceals it.