Cycle A

Good News A8

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

John 1:29-34 New American Bible

John 1:29-34 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

"Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”

 

After he had baptized Jesus, John saw Jesus coming toward him. He told everyone that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  We use these words during the Mass before the Holy Eucharist is given out.  The priest leads us in saying:  Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

John the Baptist was told by God whoever the Holy Spirit landed on and stayed was the Son of God.  John had seen the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove come down and land on Jesus.  Therefore, John knew that Jesus was the true Son of God, the one who would baptize in the name of the Holy Spirit. 

When we are baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit we receive the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It is up to us whether we use these gifts or leave them on the shelf.

When Jesus said to his apostles, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit,” they could instantly speak in languages they had never known. 

If there is something you want to learn fast, ask God to send the Holy Spirit to help you.  If you are having trouble with a subject at school, ask God to send the Holy Spirit to come assist you. If you are at a place where you feel you are not safe, ask God to send the Holy Spirit.  God will send the Holy Spirit, in the form of a policeman, a teacher, a parent, or fellow student to take you out of the arms of danger.  If you are having trouble deciding a wise solution to a problem, ask God to send the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit in the form of a priest, your grandparent, a responsible adult, an older brother or sister will give you the knowledge you need to make a good decision.  God will send you help because He loves you dearly.  Just ask Him.

                         

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to send you all the knowledge you need to keep on the path to heaven. 

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

 

 

Copyright ©2001, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards