Readings for the day:
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
John 1: 29-34
I do not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to israel- John 1:31
Each of the prophets who came before Christ came to fulfill a particular mission, they pointed to the coming of the messiah. Isaiah’s prophecy of the restoration of israel and salvation reaching the end of the earth links his time and that of John the baptist’s by its fulfillment because it was John the baptist who showed this light of God which would reach the end of the earth to the world. First, with his disciples, whom he fashioned their waiting for the messiah. He did not know who the messiah was, but God revealed it to him by the outpouring of the Holy spirit by the baptism of our Lord which we celebrated last sunday; this he used to testify to the crowd of the sonship of Jesus.
In our time as witnesses of Christ, we are to testify to this “lamb of God who took away the sins of the world” anywhere we are in the world. We are to make him known just like John the baptist and the apostle paul in the second reading of today.
With everything that have been handed down to us, truly, we can say that Christ is the son of God and we are his faithful witnesses.
May God help us as we testify to the name of Jesus, we ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.