DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 1:35-42
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?”
And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
From the Gospel today we know who is Jesus for us. As being witnessed by John the Baptist, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He redeems us from our sins.
Jesus has freely offered up his life for us on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He cleanses, heals, and frees us from our slavery to sin.
As we know him well, St. John the Baptist was the son of the priest, Zachariah, who participated in the daily sacrifice of a lamb in the temple for the sins of the people. It’s why he saw in Jesus the true and only sacrifice which could deliver us from bondage to sin, death, and the powers of hell.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we “Come and see” (to) the Lord Jesus Christ personally as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He draws each of us to himself that we discover the joy of friendship and communion with the One who made us in love for love.
This is the theme of the Sunday for Interreligious and Ecumenical today in the Archdiocese of Semarang. Based on the Sacrament of the Eucharist and Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we engage in true brothers-sisterhood.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit that we may grow in the knowledge of your great love and truth. Let your Spirit be aflame in our hearts that we may joyfully seek to do your will in all things especially in engaging in sisters-brotherhood among us based on Sacrament of the Eucharist and Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist now and forever. Amen.