Tenth Day of Christmas
We end Christmas with the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord on Sunday. As we are about to close this liturgical season, the readings today shed light on how to continue our journey of faith in this new year that we have jus started.
John the Baptist, whose ministry had been a preparation for the one who was to come, now sees Jesus, points at him, and declares, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes the sin of the world.”
John’s words in Advent had initially invited us to make straight the winding roads and to make smooth the rough ways as we prepared to receive Christ, born anew in our hearts. We have received him once again and with John the Baptist we are called now to recognize him firmly as the Lord, the Lamb of God who has saved us.
This recognition and affirmation in our heart: “Jesus is the Lamb and Lord of my life” is an invitation to remain in his love. John the apostle in his letter today gives a good clue of what it means to know God and respond to his love: Remain in him. This is the central message of his letters and Gospel. He reassures us today that by remaining and centering our lives in him, he becomes the fountain of grace in our lives.
As we conclude this Christmas, let us fix our gaze upon Christ so that we may have the grace to remain in the Lord every day. By remaining in him, the Mystery of Love, we have lived in Christmas and the recognition that indeed “the Lord is with us.” We hold the knowledge that he saved us, and that will become a light that shines bright through our lives this new year. Behold, the Lamb of God.
Director, Office for Spirituality