As the year starts, I often take a few weeks to collect my thoughts, reflect on the successes and failures of the previous semester, and plan out the semester’s topics. For this reason, there’s only one thing to share this week, but there is more to come soon!
Behold the Lamb of God
In today’s Gospel, we heard from John the Baptist announcing Jesus’s arrival: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” This is among the most powerful statements in all the Gospel.
Behold: This is not a matter of just looking or taking a peak at. He wants us to see in a way that that captivates our attention, penetrates us, and that stays with us. It’s about seeing not only with our eyes but with our minds and hearts. Behold.
The Lamb of God: This is the first time that we see this phrase in the Bible, but it is immediately familiar. Think about how lambs are used in the Old Testament. Abraham sacrifices one in place of his son; the suffering servant is led like a lamb to be slaughtered; the lamb is sacrificed and its blood placed above the door to protect the Israelites and deliver them from slavery. This is who Jesus is: the one who is taken in our place, who sets an example for us to follow, and who saves us from the slavery of sin.
Who takes away the sin of the world: How does this happen. Why must Jesus die? In today’s homily, I gave a brief explanation, but the longer answer can be found in this video I made a few years ago.
Roasting the Church? We need a word
Recently, Trevor Noah announced that he was leaving the Daily Show. As a smart comedian, he was known to have great insight over the years while making everyone laugh. Unfortunately, he wasn’t always charitable, or accurate, when it came to the Catholic Church.
New Video Tomorrow
I’ve been working on a new video for my Breaking in the Habit channel for a few weeks now and I’m excited to post it. It’s going to be a tough one, I’m sure, but hopefully it will help bring hope to a challenging situation. Check the channel tomorrow for “Police Have Problems. The Catholic Church can help.”
Have a great week!