Lamb of God

"[W]hen John the Baptist points to Jesus, and says: “Behold the Lamb of God”, the disciples understand in this description that this is the One who satisfies the deepest longings of the human heart. Because Jesus is the Lamb of God; he’s God’s own self – Love itself – offered in sacrifice as a gift, a Lover’s pledge, to humanity. This is astounding, for usually Man offers sacrifice to God. But in Jesus, we see that God himself is the sacrifice, and he is offered for our sake, to set all humanity free by his Love so that we are free to love, and so, to find lasting happiness. The fact that Jesus is God’s sacrifice of Love for humanity becomes most evident on the Cross, which is why Jesus says (later in St John’s gospel): “When I am lifted up, I will draw all to myself”." – from my sermon for today, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the rest of the sermon here. Detail from a stained glass window in St John's Episcopal church in Edinburgh.

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Fonte: Lawrence OP

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