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Catholic Mass Readings for Friday, January 3 2020, Christmas Weekday – Daily Homily

Today’s Catholic Readings for January 3 2020 and Gospel – Lectionary: 206

Mass Readings for January 3 2020, Friday, Christmas Weekday
1st Reading 1 John 2:29–3:6
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 98:1, 3CD-4, 5-6
Alleluia John 1:14A, 12A
Gospel John 1:29-34

Catholic Mass Readings for January 3 2020

1st Reading – 1 John 2:29-3:6

29 If you consider that God is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by him.

1 See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

3 Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.

4 Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness.

5 You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

6 No one who remains in him sins; no one who sins has seen him or known him.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 98:1, 3CD-4, 5-6

R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

1 Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

3CD All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

5 Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Alleluia – John 1:14A, 12A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
14A The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
12A To those who accepted him
he gave power to become the children of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – John 1:29-34

29 John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

30 He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’

31 I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”

32 John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.

33 I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

34 Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

Tomorrow’s Catholic Daily Readings for January 4 2020, Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious – Daily Homily

Catholic Daily Homily for Friday, January 3 2020

Today’s Homily Theme for Friday, January 3 2020, Christmas Weekday: Behold, the Lamb of God

Saint of the Day – January 3 2020

“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29b

These familiar words of St. John the Baptist offer us a beautiful meditation. They are spoken every time we attend Mass when the priest holds up the Sacred Host. These words, spoken first by John as Jesus came to Him to be baptized, are words that can be prayerfully meditated upon throughout our lives.

Think about that statement: “Behold the Lamb of God…” It’s good to start by imagining John speaking these words of Jesus. But from there, we apply them to the Eucharist and to countless other moments in our daily lives.

When John first spoke these words, the “Lamb of God” was seen in a very ordinary way. The eyes of all present saw only an ordinary man approaching the scene. But the eyes of faith saw He who would give His life for the salvation of the world as the Sacrificial Lamb.

And when we look at the Sacred Host, as it is held up at Mass for all to see, we see Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb, in an even more veiled way. We see, with our eyes, a piece of bread. But with the eyes of faith, once again we behold the Savior.

The Sacrificial Lamb of God is continually coming to us throughout our day. He is all around us, coming to us in veiled form, revealing Himself in faith. Do you see Him? How is it that you are being called, this day, to behold His divine and sacrificial presence? How is He present in acts of selfless charity? How does He come to you each day and how does He desire you to bring Him to others each day?

Reflect, today, upon those sacred words. “Behold the Lamb of God.” Seek Him out, expecting His divine presence to be veiled but real. Discover Him with the eyes of faith and rejoice as He draws near.

Lord, I behold Your divine presence today and every day. I seek You and love You. Give me the eyes of faith to discover Your real but hidden presence at all times. You are all around me every day. Help me to rejoice in how near You always are. Jesus, I trust in You.
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