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Friday, January 13, 2012

Jesus the Lamb of God






Jan 15th , '12 Sunday homily- Fr.Francis Chirackal CMI, MSW
1 Sam 3:3-10,19; 1 Cor 6:13-15,17-20; Jn 1:35-42


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In the city of Werden, Germany, there stands a Catholic Church with a lamb carved out of stone and placed on its roof. It was told that when the church was being built, a workman fell from a high scaffold. His co-workers rushed down, expecting to find him dead. But to their surprise and joy, he was alive and only slightly injured. How did he survive? A flock of sheep was passing beneath the tower at that time, and he landed on top of a lamb. The lamb broke his fall and was crushed to death, but the man was saved. To commemorate that miraculous escape, he carved a lamb on the tower at the exact height from which he fell on roof in gratitude. Today we come together at this Liturgy to remember and salute another Lamb. Each of us likewise owes Him much. In today’s gospel we find a lamb. Christ as the Lamb of God is a title familiar to us. John the Baptist introduced Jesus telling, ‘Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world’.


During today's First Reading from the First Book of Samuel, we heard that the Lord God called Samuel. He answered God's calling by persevering in His living faith to the best of his ability.In the Second Reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians, St.Paul reminds us of our vocation to the mystical body of Christ. Through baptism we are called to holiness and that our bodies are meant to serve the Lord. They are not meant to be used for worldly desires and pleasures that do not glorify God.


Today’s gospel gives the account of the vocation of the first four Apostles who followed Jesus. Disciples of John the Baptist followed Jesus as He pointed to Jesus referring to Is.53:7-12. Isaiah describes the servant of Yahweh as an innocent Lamb who is slaughtered for the sins of all the erring sheep, taking their faults on himself. These servant poems were accepted as messianic, and the Baptist’s disciples understand that their prophet is pointing out the Messiah to them. So they left John and followed Jesus.


Once they came forward to follow Jesus, he wanted them to declare their purpose for following him. He opened the door for them to become his disciples. We can see clearly the divine wisdom governing Christ’s choice of Apostles! Jesus’ answer to John’s disciples reveals the basic and the important requirement to follow Jesus. It is nothing but, ‘Come and See’ experience. Experiencing Jesus from a distance will not bring comfort in our lives. But once we intentionally seek Jesus and experience his companionship, our heart will be filled with a new enlightenment and will tell us that ‘it is what we need’. The moment, a person encounters God in his/her personal life, they will find a great liberation and enlightenment as the Apostles felt. Blaming God for misfortunes or evils in the world is a sign of not having a personal experience of being with God.


Every day Jesus continues to be the sacrificial lamb for our sins repeating the same sacrifice of love and forgiveness in every Holy Mass. Every day He invites us to forgiveness and holiness. He makes our lives anew. Once we stay with Him, He fills us with His Spirit. Our lives will become a life of light, witnessing God as Emmanuel as the Apostles did. Our lives will become a life of gratitude to God who shed even the last drop of blood for our sins. For it is Jesus that we must follow in order to be saved. Jesus is the source of unlimited joy and peace. Let us make that joy and peace ours by staying with Jesus through our prayers, receiving the sacraments and a life of love and charity. God bless you

1 comment:

  1. Hi Father, I really like the opening story about the lamb carving. It is a great prelude to the rest of the homily. I am reminded of words from, I think, the church fathers that spoke of how the sins of the people were placed upon a lamb, then the priest took the lamb into the holy of holies where it was sacrficed. The shedding of its blood clensed the people from their sins.
    Another story of why Jesus is refered to as a lamb. He took our sins and shed his blood to clense us.
    Blessings, Karen

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