First Reading: Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6 A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:2, 4,7-8, 8-9,10 Here am I, Lord: I come to do your will

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-3 A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Gospel: John 1: 29-34 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

This Sunday we take a break from Matthew’s Gospel (the gospel we pray with during this “A” year) to read from John’s Gospel. We heard Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism last Sunday. Today, we hear John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus. Here, John the Baptist announces that he knows that Jesus is the Son of God. John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and cries out, giving witness about who Jesus is. John the Baptist uses two titles for Jesus that are familiar to us: “Lamb of God” and “Son of God”. By using these titles, John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the one who is to come after him.

John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus makes clear Jesus’ mission and identity. Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John’s purpose was to make Jesus known to Israel.

John the Baptist’s sense of purpose is clearly identified in this reading: he baptized in order to prepare for and make known the ministry of Jesus. By our Baptism, we are called to make Jesus known to all the world by our words and by the witness of our lives.