Mass Readings: Isaiah 49:3,5-6/1 Corinthians 1:1-3/John 1:29-34

Growing Time

After big feasts and the time around them, the Church moves to Ordinary Time. This is a time in which we “grow” what we have learned and reflect on the previous liturgical period. Right now we are “growing” the time surrounding Christmas. Today’s first reading refers to the glorious light to the nations. It could certainly remind us of angels and shepherds, the Epiphany star, the Holy Child, or even the prophet John the Baptist telling of the Messiah’s appearance.

But in the Gospel we have John’s reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God. The word used for lamb looks backwards to an Old Testament passage about one who is oppressed and afflicted, like a lamb led to slaughter. Growing in this Ordinary Time means my seeing not just the manger but the cross.

Prayer: Lamb of God, I thank You for Your understanding of my suffering. You’ve been there.