January 3, 2015

Jan. 3

January 3, 2015:  Christmas season weekday

Look

  • 'Children' pin:  What love the Father bestowed; we're God's children (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  We'll see him as he is (1st reading)
  • 'World flags' tie:  All the ends of the earth have seen God's saving power (psalm)
  • 'Hand' pin:  His right hand has won victory (psalm)
  • Christmas pin:  we're in the season for another week...
  • 'Lamb' tie bar:  "Behold, the Lamb of God..." (gospel)
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  John:  “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove” (gospel)
Listen
Pope Francis

Read

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"Behold the Lamb of God"
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  • 1 Jn 2:29-3:6  Everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by God.  The Father has loved us.  We're God’s children and shall be like him.  Sin is lawlessness.   He was revealed to take away sins.  No one who remains in him keeps sinning.
  • Ps 98:1, 3-6  "All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God."  Sing with joy to the Lord; the Lord has won victory.
  • Jn 1:29-34  John the Baptist, seeing Jesus:  “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, the one ranking ahead of me I said would come.  I baptized to make him known; he'll baptize with the Spirit.  He is the Son of God.
Reflect
    • Creighton:  As we ease back into our routines, the Christmas season continues.  Through John's witness, we learn Jesus is the sacrificial lamb filled by the Spirit and can understand ourselves better.  What am I called to do?  How will I proclaim God's Word?  What are my fears and hopes, strengths and weaknesses? / We need to exhibit faith, as John did when he saw the Spirit come down and rest on Jesus.  May we seek God in all things, better understand God's presence in our lives, and express our faith to others.  
    • Passionist:  May we hear God like John did:  After my mom died and I'd been grieving, the Lord told me, "I'll help you deal with your mom's death:  Picture her here with me, dancing with your dad...."
    • DailyScripture.net:  As the blood of the Passover Lamb delivered the Israelites in Egypt, Jesus' blood offered for us on the cross cleanses, heals, and frees us from our slavery to sin.  John the Baptist was son of Zechariah, priest of Israel who participated in the daily sacrifice of a lamb for the people's sins.  John recognized Jesus as the unblemished lamb offered by the Father as the only sacrifice that could cancel the debt of sin and free us.  The Holy Spirit makes the Lord Jesus known to us through faith.  God gives us his Spirit to open us to receive and comprehend God's mystery and plan.