2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A; 15th January 2017
At that time: John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! This is of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
In today’s gospel, John the Baptist proclaims an essential truth to the people: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!’. He bears witness to the Son of God-to He who the prophet Isaiah called ‘the light of the world, that salvation may reach to the end of the earth’ (Isaiah 49:6).
We are challenged to do the same: like Paul, to be an apostle of Jesus, to be saints and call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; to be witnesses to our Saviour (1 Corinthians 1:1-3). We don’t have to know Him 100 percent, we won’t be able to fathom an indepth knowledge of Him if our minds were open to such. But by the grace God gives us and through the Holy Spirit, we can know Him enough. Pray that the Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to the reality of Jesus Christ. He is God made man, yet that humble servant, Israel in whom God is glorified, He is the light of all nations and the key to our salvation. Above all, He is the One who takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus comes to us today. ‘Who do you behold?’ Be a witness to Christ this week, not just in words, but in actions. Like the psalmist, let us go to Him and say, “See I have come, Lord, to do your will.”(Psalm 40:7)