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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

January 15, 2017

 

Gospel: Jn 1:29-34
 
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel." John testified (1) further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain (2) 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."
 
http://www.usccb.org
 
The difficult words
 
(1)To testify is to give witness, to tell what you have seen and know about something.
(2)To remain means to rest upon or to stay.
 
This week’s spotlight
 
Lamb of God
 
The title "Lamb of God" comes from the first Passover. During the time of Moses, while the Israelites were still captives in Egypt. God told them to eat a roasted lamb and to put its blood on the doorposts to mark their houses. This blood saved them from death and set them free from slavery. In the same way, Jesus' Body feeds us, and his Blood marks us: he saves us and frees us from sin.
 
Jesus’ names in the Gospel
 
Jesus received many different names in the Gospel: Lord, Christ or Messiah, Savior, Master, Rabbi, Son of God, Son of David, Son of Man, Lamb of God, King of the Jews... People who met Jesus had the feeling that he was different from everyone else.  These mysterious names express people's respect. It is also often a way of saying "we believe that you come from God."
 
 
Reflection
 
What is your name?
 
Have you ever tried to put something big into a small box? Have you ever tried to fit too many things into a suitcase? No matter how hard you try, the lid just won’t close. It’s like that when we talk about God. God is so wonderful, so powerful, and so present to us that no words can fully describe him. Nor can any name or title we might give to him. That’s one of the reasons why Jesus has many names. These titles express the many special aspects of Jesus and his mission. Like nicknames, they also express our special love for Jesus. In the Mass, we hear many of Jesus’ names, such as Lord, Savior, Son of God, and Bread of Life. This week, John the Baptist reveals another title for Jesus: Lamb of God. Jesus is gentle, like a lamb, and his blood takes away our sins. He invites you to know him better. Open the box and let him surprise you!
 
Discussion questions
 
1.Who does John the Baptist proclaim Jesus as?
2.What does John baptize with?
3.What does John testify further about Jesus?
4.What will Jesus baptize with?
 
 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. May this Eucharist strengthen me to be your witness in the world.
 
This week…
 
In his name
 
Did you know that the name Jesus in Hebrew means “God saves"? When you pray, think about the name you are giving to Jesus. If you notice that you are always using the same name, try to change it so that you enrich the way you speak to the Lord.
 
Be a witness
 
Like John the Baptist, who announces that Jesus is the Lamb of God, you can express your faith to a person of your choice. You can find inspiration in the words of the Gospel of John, or in the second reading from Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
 
 
Crossword Puzzle


 


 
 
Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm
 

 

 

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