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In this Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist sees Jesus coming toward him and proclaims: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). This symbol of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb reminds us that his ministry will not be easy. Jesus will accept his Death on the Cross, giving his life for our sins.
John further testifies that the Holy Spirit comes down like a dove from sky and remains with Jesus (John 1:32). This sign reveals to John that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. It is also a sign to us. The Spirit that is present at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry is the same Spirit that he breathes upon his disciples after his Resurrection (John 20:22). The Spirit remains with Jesus’ disciples—and us—when he ascends to God in Heaven.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, you send us your Son as a lamb. May we always be worthy of the gift of his sacrifice for our salvation. You send us Spirit like a dove. May we always be grateful for the peace and protection that is promised through your Spirit. Amen.
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