Christmas Tide (3rd January, 2019)
Optional Memorial: Holy Name of Jesus
First Reading: 1 Jn 2:29 – 3:6
Gospel: Jn 1:29-34
In today’s Gospel of John, John the Baptist is seeing Jesus coming towards him and John is proclaiming that HE is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
If we go back to Jewish tradition, it used to be that, all the sins of a person were symbolically imposed on an innocent lamb and this lamb would be slaughtered as a sacrifice and eaten, so that the sins committed by that person will be forgiven.
In the new testament, Jesus comes as a sacrificial lamb to be killed and to be eaten (through the beard of life) by mankind for the forgiveness of sins. If we look at the relation, it is a very unique similarity between Jesus and the lamb.
Even John didn’t have a clue on who the lamb of God is. John was destined to baptise people in water in order to make the way for the one who would baptise in the holy spirit.
John was instructed thus:
“The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.”
When John saw this happening, he could identify Jesus.
John’s testimony is so precise about the lamb of God.
There will certainly be moments in our lives where we can forego some of our privileges and create a smile on a less fortunate neighbour of ours.
Let’s seek for such opportunities and make ourselves a true Christian. Amen.