Friday, January 3—Christmas Season

Recognizing Christ the Lamb of God Who Takes Away The Sin of The World

A handsome and intelligent man began to search for his perfect significant other. He went to Cairo, Capital of Egypt, and he found a beautiful lady that he thought she would be the one whom he was looking for. She was beautiful, but she wasn’t nice and often used unkind words in her speech that disappointed him. He then went to Baghdad, Capital of Iraq. Here, he found a beautiful and very nice lady that he believed she must be the one whom he was looking for. It didn’t take him long to learn that she was not intelligent, even though she was beautiful and very nice. He met another lady and another and another, but he couldn’t find one was perfect enough for him. He thought that he would never be able to marry anyone until one day. He met this young, beautiful, intelligent and very nice lady. He thought to himself that she must be the one whom he was looking for all these years. But when he asked her to marry him, he was so disappointed and sad because she refused his propose. Just like him, she was looking for a perfect man for her, but she found in him that there were still so many missing pieces for her. He's not perfect enough for her.

We are human beings born into this world with all weaknesses and limitations. We might all look for a perfect God to provide us all what we want and what we need. Some of us might be disappointed when God hasn’t fulfilled or provided what we asked for and what we needed from him. We might not be able to recognize him when he’s so closed to us.

In today’s Gospel, the moment that John the Baptist saw Jesus, he recognized him as the Lamb who took away the sin of the world saying, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” What made John the Baptist recognized Christ as the Lamb of God while everybody else missed it? Perhaps, through his prayer and fasting, he was able to recognize Christ as the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. How is our prayer life? Are you and I able to recognize Christ in our life? Recognize Christ in those whom we come into contact each day? If we haven’t been able to recognize Christ in our life, what would we do in order to recognize him in our life and in the life of others?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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