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2nd Sunday in Ord. Time A Year

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Prophet Isaiah announces today the rehabilitation of Israel, after years of it's adversities: “It is too little, the Lord says, for you to be my servant (…), to restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” John the Baptist points out this chosen one by God, Jesus Christ, who has to bring the light of salvation not only to the chosen nation, Israel, but also to all the people of the earth. This is the main message of today’s readings. When John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching him, he says: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” He gives at this same time a humble testimony of his divine mission coming from God: “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” On the basis of those words, testified later on by Jesus’ teaching and His martyrdom, the fruit of His salvation – the Church – proclaims to all the nations the universal salvation in Christ. This is why during every Mass we repeat the words of John the Baptist pointing out to the white Host in time of transubstantiation: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” We repeat these words because we believe that this salutary fruit of Christ has a power to transform our sinful hearts bringing instead peace and holiness which St. Paul in his letter speaks about today. Let us use this salutary fruit all the time in our life.