Year A – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 19, 2014 – Gospel Reflection

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:14a, 12a; John 1:29-34

ImageGod’s word invites us to know Jesus in three ways:  first, as the servant the prophet Isaiah describes; second, as the Lamb of God, as
John the Baptist calls him, who takes away the sins of the world; and finally and most importantly, as the Son of God.  Isaiah’s servant has been formed from the womb not only to bring God’s people back to God, but also to be a light to the nations.  Jesus fulfills this prophecy by his suffering and dying for us and for all peoples.  He is truly the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and restores us to God as beloved sons and daughters.  A disciple of Jesus is one who learns from Jesus by being with Jesus.  In learning who Jesus is, we learn who we are called to be.

Like John the Baptist in today’s Gospel, we are to bring others to the Lord by how we live our lives and by a willingness to speak about our faith in him and the difference he has made in our lives.  Do you see yourself as a true disciple of Jesus?  How do you spend time with him?


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