Sunday, 19 January 2014



Today I concelebrated the Parish Mass at St. Augustine’s, Rush Green, read the Gospel and preached on the text from today’s Gospel “Behold, the Lamb of God”. I reminded those present that the words spoken by St. John the Baptist are the words spoken at every Mass and we would be hearing them later in today’s service.  Do we take them seriously, do we really appreciate that in the wafer placed into our hands we would receive the same Jesus that John the Baptist had been speaking about. Were the words we spoke in response just something  perfunctory,or did we really mean them: “Lord I am not worthy……………..only say the word and I shall be healed” Do we realise or understand that the wafer is not just a symbol. or a token as a representation but the actual and real Body of Jesus. I mentioned the spiritual experience of a priest I knew who, on celebrating his First Mass, held the chalice in his hands and realised that he was holding the real blood of Christ and how that experience had had a profound spiritual effect on him. John the Baptist uttered those profound words Behold the Lamb of God.  At every Mass we repeat them for on the Altar is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world……………happy are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb

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