15 Jan 2017: Behold the Lamb of God


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1:Is. 49: 3, 5-6; Ps. 40: 2-10; Reading 2: 1 Cor. 1: 1-3; Gospel: Jn. 1: 29-34

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” are the words of introduction that John the Baptist used to introduce Jesus to the Crowd. This was the same crowd that was waiting for their Messiah who could save them from the bondage of slavery. Of course people would have not understood the real meaning of the words which has a prophetic background as uttered by John the Baptist.

As we read in Isaiah 53:7 “He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not His mouth”, and again we read in Isaiah 53:6, “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”Also this encounter of John and Jesus, reminds us of what happened on Mount Moriah where Abraham was getting ready to sacrifice his son. To the boy’s question “where is the lamb?” Abraham answered, “My son, God Himself will provide the lamb!”

Thus, pointing to Jesus today John the Baptist is telling each one of us that the Prophecy has come true and ‘behold Jesus is the Lamb’ that God has provided, on whom the transgression of all the humanity will be laid and be sacrificed for our sins. Today we are invited to acknowledge and accept the relevance of Jesus’ incarnation, suffering and death was not for someone but for you and me. He came to this earth so that we may have life in its fullness. Amen

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