08 January 2023 – Baptism of Jesus A (09A)

(Isaiah 42:1-9)
Oracle of hope
in the midst of hopelessness:
exiled Israel.

Anointed servant,
God’s chosen, to establish
the true way on earth.

Ancient imag’ry
later appropriated
to describe Jesus.

In a holy land
occupied, oppressed by Rome
these were words of hope

Can these again be
hope-filled words enlightening
our perplexing times?
    Jeff Shrowder, 2023
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