Dear Sacred Heart Family,
We stand today on the boundary between Christmas and the liturgical ordinary time. The Christmas crib and Christmas trees are gone, we are clothed in green for the cycle of ordinary time. But the readings, especially the Gospel, continue the grace and mystery of Christmas. Jesus was born as a child, came into the world, and was revealed to it. He showed himself to the world. He also spoke and still speaks to the world, in a particular way through his call, of which we hear in the readings and in the Gospel.
“Behold, the Lamb of God!” says John the Baptist. These words, which we hear at every Mass, are decisive words. John points to Jesus! “Behold the Lamb of God!” With this pointing he fulfills the meaning of his own life. Every one of us seeks meaning in life, and find it in various ways. His life was to witness Jesus. That is the high point of his life, with which he attains the greatest joy. We are also called to witness like John the Baptist. The essence of our witnessbearing is to state what we have seen, heard, experienced, and now believe, and then to invite others to “come and see.” Other people will see Jesus in our lives when we love, forgive, and share the Good News to all we meet. A dynamic and living experience of Jesus will also enable us to invite and encourage people to come and participate in our Church activities.
In Joyful Hope,
Fr. James Kaniparampil CMI
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