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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 16, A.D. 2005

Isaiah 49:3,5-6
Psalm 40:2,4,7-10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
...He is the Son of God."
(John 1:29,34)

The eyes of the soul of St. John the Baptist open to the life-changing revelation of God present before him and he proclaims, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world ...He is the Son of God."

John's invocation "beholds" with holy awe and tender be-loving, God before Him. We too, tenderly belove in holy awe the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world as we gaze upon Him in His most holy Eucharistic presence.

We lovingly embrace our beloved in Holy Communion. We tenderly behold Him in the tabernacles of our souls and in the monstrances of our daily lives, making Him known for others to behold.

John voices God's revelation of the promised Redeemer who takes away sin and baptizes with the Holy Spirit. He traces this Truth in his soulful recalling, "He is the One of whom I said 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me,'" He recognizes the Creator re-creating, making all things new. John explains he is to make Him known whom he did not know.

O Lord,
make known Your presence within us
as in holy awe we behold You, the "I Am Who Am"
making us One in You.

- Mary Williams

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