January 15 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34
In this week’s video reflection, Edward Sri reminds us that many parts of the Mass are derived from verses of the Bible, including John the Baptist’s proclamation in this week’s Gospel: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” For the many people listening at that time, the image echoes temple sacrifices made for the forgiveness of sins as well as the Passover sacrifice of a lamb for the protection of the Lord before fleeing slavery in Egypt, a moment in history they re-enacted every year. For us as Christians, the image reminds us that Jesus gave His life so that all humankind would be protected and spared throughout eternity. Though a popular leader, John the Baptist became the first model of Christian witness, inviting others to know Jesus and the glory of God without worry about his own reputation, power or ego.
Reflection: In this week’s reading, John the Baptist tells us that there is only One who has the answer—Jesus. Take some time this week to examine your heart and determine where you are listening to the voices of the world and where you are listening to the Word of the Lord.