On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 3, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Have you seen Jesus?

I have;in prayer, through reading and contemplation of the word, through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in the Eucharistic Celebration, through the Sacrament of reconciliation, through journeying with the community but most profoundly of all in those who serve Him and His flock faithfully.

For to love your neighbour in spite of the struggle and challenges;is to look upon God through the eyes of faith.

Turn away from sin and together with St John the Baptist we can declare, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” Amen

First reading
1 John 2:29-3:6

You know that God is righteous – then you must recognise that everyone whose life is righteous has been begotten by him.

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ. Anyone who sins at all breaks the law,
because to sin is to break the law. Now you know that he appeared in order to abolish sin, and that in him there is no sin; anyone who lives in God does not sin,and anyone who sins has never seen him or known him.

Gospel
John 1:29-34

Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.” Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.’

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