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Today’s Gospel
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Christmas Weekday: January 3th

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Gospel text (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." 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 further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain 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.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, John the Baptist gives us the most important testimony: by pointing out that Jesus is the "Lamb of God", he is telling us that He is the Son of God who is coming to save us and forgive our sins. Old Israel sacrificed lambs and other animals as offerings to God for His forgiveness. They used to say that their blood washed our sins. But... it was just the blood of animals.

-Jesus washed our impurities in the Cross: the Blood of "God incarnate" was the only blood able to purify us.