Archive for January 3, 2019

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 3, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Only those who strive for Holiness and walk in the light of Christ, can point out the way to Him. And declare that Jesus is truly the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

For their very own lives have been transfigured by Him. People see the change from perhaps wretchedness into holiness. They witness the joy and peace in the hearts of these souls touched by the Holy name of Jesus. The only name that can save.

So dear sisters and brothers in Christ, we who are indeed God’s children have a duty to respond to the call to Holiness. So that we can become powerful beacons of His love, leading His flock safely back to Him. Amen

First reading

1 John 2:29-3:6
Everyone must try to be as pure as Christ

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
‘Look: there is the Lamb of God’

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.’