First Reading – Isaiah 49:3 ,5-6

In this reading from Isaiah, the second of the “Servant Songs”, a mysterious servant is called upon to be a light to the nations.

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 1 :1-3

At the start of his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul sends greetings to “the holy people of Jesus Christ.”

Gospel Reading – John 1:29-34

John the Baptist points to Jesus as the one who “existed before me” and who is to “baptize with the Holy Spirit”.