Reflection on John 1:29-34 ~
When I enter a church and bless myself with Holy Water from the font with the sign of the Cross, I visualize that I am there with John the Baptist and Jesus in the River Jordan. I see John as a gifted and amazing prophet with unrivaled insights into a realization of who Jesus was to be. John gracefully bows to deeply humble himself as one who baptizes only with cleansing water. He is standing next to Jesus who reminds me that I have been Baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Saint John the Baptist Sees Jesus from Afar, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 1:29-34.