It is 19th January 2020. We are celebrating the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; the second reading is from 1Corinthians 1:1-3; and the Gospel is from John 1:29-34. To live a holy life, we need to believe in the Lamb of God, Jesus. Call to holiness cannot happen in the absence of conversion and conversation with God who loves us. As Jesus the servant of God is the light of the nations to bring the message of salvation to all people in all directions of the world, we too are entrusted with the Great Commission to spread love and light of Christ to all. The first reading is the second Servant Song in which God extends God’s love through the servant to bring even the non-Jews closer to God. It is through the profound confession of faith in the servant of God we realise the responsibility of our service to God by leading others away from sin and ignorance. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Ps.40:8,9). We are all gently reminded by St. Paul in the second reading to be holy. He writes in the context of divisions in the church and abounding sins in the society. Holiness is the appropriate response to a sinful life that includes the divisive mindset and corrupted conditions of life such as prostitution, sexual immorality, unfaithfulness and idolatry. Holiness includes unity and faithfulness in daily life of the church. In the Gospel, Jesus appears to be the Lord and the Servant during His maiden appearance in public life. Our recognition and encountering Jesus make us confess that Jesus the Lamb of God who was sacrificed for our sins. This encounter must lead us be the witnesses of the Lamb and Son of God. Through the initial Sacraments, we too are chosen ones of God to profess, proclaim and permeate the message of Gospel to all people. “Now I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God.” (Jn.1:34). May the Lord bless you all to be the servant of the Lord at all times. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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