Year A- Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of JesusTestimony of John the Baptist
John knew about the coming Salvation of the Human race, he was preparing the way for my coming and happily testified of me when he saw me entering the waters of the Jordan.
Thousands of years ago, the Israelites had eaten the Passover meal, the spotless lamb that would be their purification before the coming of the angel of death. This was a symbolic meal of the Holy Eucharist, which I would offer to the world as food for the journey of the soul. I myself was to be the sacrificial lamb, the Savior of the world.
He said: Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, but who could really understand at that moment that I was going to take the blame for all sins and be sacrificed as the Lamb of God? I would sprinkle and wash souls with my blood, I would nourish them with the food of life and everyone who would accept me could stand blameless before God the Father.
John was very excited with my appearance and He happily testified of me. He was born before me, yet he said that I was before Him, He knew that I was the Son of God. He declared that he was baptizing with water for repentance, but that my Baptism would be with fire and with the Holy Spirit. He demonstrated his humility by saying that he was not worthy to untie the sandals of my feet, and that he was not worthy to baptize the One who was offering Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. He was a humble man indeed, teaching a saying that everyone should put into practice: "I must diminish so that He may increase".
My Baptism was a moment of Glory for the Holy Trinity. John gave testimony of the vision of the Heavens being opened and the Spirit of God descending upon me in the shape of a dove, my Fatherís voice was heard saying: "You are my beloved Son; in You I am well pleased".
Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary
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