The Lamb of God: Pointing out why Jesus makes a difference
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Saint John the Baptist was a powerful preacher. So powerful in fact that many wondered if he might be the Messiah. Some scholars suggest that this original belief is the reason why John the evangelist goes to some length to differentiate Saint John the Baptist from Jesus.
Saint John the Baptist continues this differentiation in today’s gospel. He is clear about his role, to baptize with water, to prepare the way for Jesus, and to make clear he is not the Messiah. And in doing so he even recognizes that his goal is to decrease so that Jesus can increase.
But there is something more at work here, something that I would suggest is more important. We too need to exclaim in our world today, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” In a variety of ways, we have become a little complacent as Catholics. We are not all comfortable talking about our faith in Jesus with others. But we must.
Why? Well, because Jesus told us to do so. But it is not easy. We need to find the middle way of sharing our faith. If we are too timid, then people will not always know what we are even talking about. Too strong, and we could come across as obnoxious. My solution is to suggest that we simply need to talk to others about why Jesus and the Church make a difference in my life.