Behold, the Lamb of God

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The first verse of today's Gospel reading is one that every Catholic knows. I often use it when speaking at conferences to show Catholics that they know Scripture much better than they think they do. I ask them to raise their hand if they can quote John 1:29. Of course, no one raises their hand. But then I ask them to finish the sentence for me, "Behold the..."

And everyone replies, "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." Why does every Catholic know that verse? Because we hear it every time we go to Mass. Those are the words the priest says as he holds the host aloft after the consecration. But have those words become empty to so many? Apparently so.

You see, when the priest says those words, he means it...literally. You are gazing upon the Lamb of God - Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is not a symbol. It is truly the Lamb of God. Remember that next time you go to Mass. Let the enormity of that sink in. And then go and eat His Body.

Father, help us to regain our spiritual vision, to truly recognize Jesus, the Lamb of God, truly present in the Eucharist. Amen.

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