MY daily reflection and prayer: Saturday, January 3, 2015
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 1:29-34
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He signifies Jesus’ mission as the One who redeems us from our sins.
In the Old Testament, the blood of the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12) delivered the Israelites in Egypt from slavery and death. In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ freely offered up his life for us on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 Corinthians 5:7). The blood which he poured out for us on the cross cleanses, heals, and frees us from our slavery to sin, and from the “wages of sin which is death” (Romans 6:23) and the “destruction of both body and soul in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world shows his love for us all. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship the Lamb of God. We want to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. We pray and ask the Lord to pour his Holy Spirit upon us to deepen our faith, hope, and love for God and for the plan he has for our lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us and grant us peace, now and forever. Amen.
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