Sermon preached on the First Sunday after the Epiphany (The Baptism of Jesus) at St. Thomas' Church, Bath, New York: Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
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But now thus says the Lord, the One who created you, who formed you: Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
O blind ones, look and see!
Who is as blind as my servant,
or deaf as my messenger whom I send?
Who is as blind as my dedicated one,
as deaf as the servant of the Lord?
You have seen much but do not watch,
opened your ears but do not hear.
[Isaiah 42:18-20, Robert Alter translation]
and did not want to walk in his ways
and did not heed his teachings?
And he poured out upon them his fury,
his wrath and the fierceness of battle
and it seared them all round
but they knew not,
it burned them—
they did not take it to heart.
[Isaiah 42:24b-25, Alter Translation]
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters
from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”