Gospel Reflections

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

John 1:29-34

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Godelieve Ziunga

Published: January 15, 2017


On this Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, through the Gospel of St. John, our Mother the Church speaks about Baptism. As we know, the concept of sacrament is ecclesial. 

Indeed, Baptism is the basic sacramental consecration of a person’s entire lifetime as a believer in Jesus Christ. In addition, the tradition is called “the sacrament of the faith.”  Through it, the person who is converted to the Lord is incorporated within the community of believers. Baptism is thus the fundamental basis for a faithful participation in the life and mission of the Church in the world. This sacrament of invitation purifies us from original sin.

John the Baptist by means of this Gospel tells us that he is only the one sent by God to prepare the contemporaries - that in spite of the baptism which he is administering, that of conversion, he is not the Messiah. He is not usurping the place of the Son of God; he is humbling himself. Indeed, John the Baptist did not hesitate to speak the truth and to show Jesus to all those who followed him saying, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  Upon hearing these words, they left him and began to follow Jesus.  Through this event John the Baptist reveals to the people that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save humanity from sin.  

It is true that John the Baptist came to baptize in water so that the people would be converted and believe in the Son of God.  It is with this visible sign that God said to John, “The one on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptize with the Holy Spirit.”  Thus, John saw, believed and gave witness.   

Yes, all the faithful are invited to give witness to the Son of God in all the good they do. Jesus was baptized, also - was it to be purified? To be converted? No. If Jesus was baptized it was not because he had sinned and needed to be converted. For from the time of his conception, he never sinned, he is the Son of God. But it was to let us know that through this sacrament we share in the life of children of God. And we cannot do it without him because he himself has given us the example.

In order to do this God in his wisdom gave John the Baptist the mission to make known to all the nations that it is Jesus who takes away sin, the sin of the world, and who baptizes by fire and the Spirit. We should be aware that it is by the grace of God what we achieve what he asks us to accomplish.  

Let us ask God, our good Father, to give us the grace to believe in his Son. Let us be the people who witness to the Son of God just as John the Baptist did in his day.  Amen.  

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