It is 15th January 2017. We celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; the second reading is from 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; and the Gospel from John 1:29-34. The first reading presents the Servant of Yahweh to bring the salvation to the suffering humanity and will be the light of all nations and opening the doors of salvation through His immeasurable suffering and death. “I will make you a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is.49:6). The second reading invites us all to accept the offer to serve Christ Jesus in holiness because we are all sanctified by the Lord through our baptism. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Ps.40:8, 9). The Gospel clearly tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes all our sins upon himself. Self-giving of Jesus brings us the joy and peace through his unconditional forgiveness. Jesus, the Lame of God is the suffering servant through whom our salvation is guaranteed. John said, “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn.1:29). Jesus is the one to remove all our sins and to offer the forgiveness of sins. Jesus took all our sins upon himself and offered His entire self to God and therefore we have the full communion with God. The last of prophet, John the Baptist points out Jesus as the lamb of the Passover. It was the blood of the lamb that saved the people of Israel from the Angel of Death. All the door posts that had the blood of the lamb were saved. We too are separated by our sins and alienated by the impact of sins from God. The spiritual poverty and emptiness is created by sin cannot be filled by human efforts. With all our sophisticated structures, we cannot eradicate the spiritual hunger and thirst in us. This spiritual crisis is real and profound in each one of us. Jesus alone can suffice our spiritual hunger. Jesus alone can bear our sins and eliminate all the power and the shadows of sins from us. He alone has the power to forgive our sins and offer the everlasting Joy. Unless and until we recognize the Lamb and be washed away by the blood of the Lamb, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the salvation is inaccessible and impossible. “Because, one Lamb died for all.” (2 Corinthians 5:14). The mercy of God made visible and tangible in the flesh of the Lamb of God. It is just out of love for us, Jesus the Lamb of God went to the extent of the deep abyss of death and hell to save us. May we recognize the Lamb of God and be saved. Have a good day.

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