3 January 2019. Most Holy Name of Jesus.
Reflection (Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan)
Jesus was introduced by John as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John then testified that he saw the spirit like a dove and remained in Jesus. Upon reading this gospel, I could not help but feel grateful to Jesus for saving me from my sins. However, feeling grateful is not enough for I can be grateful but still be committing sins. There is an invitation to value the salvation that has been given to me by the Lamb of God. For us Catholics, what goes along with the sacrament of reconciliation is the call to conversion.
Last October 16, 2018, I had a very bad experience at the Manila Airport. I was on my way home to Davao together with a seminarian-brother who was still recovering from a leg injury. I asked the counter-personnel if we can be together in the same flight since we have different flight schedules on that day. We were given an instruction to wait until the counter check-in closes so that we would know if there would still be an available seat for him. However, when we returned at the time he gave us, he just told me that the plane had already left. I was so rattled with what he said and so I immediately ran towards the gate that was assigned to my flight hoping that I could still persuade the gate personnel to allow me to get in to the plane but to no avail, the staff just told me that the only thing that I could do is to purchase another ticket. I returned to the check-in counter personnel, but not to rant nor to reprimand him. With a more relaxed face, I just talked to him politely and asked for an explanation. I was surprised with my own reaction at the situation. It was not the same me that I know in the past. I believe it was the Holy Spirit working in me that held my emotion and controlled my temper.
Indeed, there is salvation in Jesus and it is a challenge for me to hold on to this gift of salvation by avoiding sins and by following his footsteps as a baptized Christian.
The Gospel Today
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.”