Sometimes, I would ask myself these questions: “How far am I willing to sacrifice?” or
“Am I willing to give my life in order for others to live?” Pondering these questions, at the back of my mind, there are fears, doubts and even reservation because I am afraid to lose something in me. For instance, I could not let go of the things that I no longer use because of its sentimental value. Then I realized that I am a selfish person, I am possessive and I am more concerned about myself.
But looking at Jesus, He gave up his life and showed His complete expression of His
great love for us by dying on the cross. He was selfless for He denied himself for our sake. Jesus did not consider Himself first. It was us first otherwise; He would not have freely given His life.
Truly, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He redeemed us from our wickedness and our iniquities so that we would experience everlasting joy.
Because of this, I am challenged to be a witness and become a collaborator in the mission
of God. Likewise, I am also reminded of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. I believe we can do
something good for others especially those in need no matter how small or insignificant, for this is our responsibility. It may be difficult, but I cannot do it without Him who will guide me, and with the Holy Spirit who will strengthen me.
By Sem. Roldan B. Baliano
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 heaven
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.”