Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday January 19 2020
Gospel: Jn 1:29-34
My dear friends in our Gospel we hear John the Baptist who, presenting Jesus to the world, exclaims: “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” The lamb, in the Bible, is the symbol of being innocent; it cannot do evil to anyone but only suffer it. Following this symbolism, the first letter of St. Peter calls Jesus “the lamb without spot or stain” (1:19) who, “was insulted and did not retaliate with insults; when he was tortured he made no threats but he put his trust in the righteous judge.” (2:23). Jesus, in other words, is par excellence the innocent one who suffers.
For many people God is the one who has the power to alter the world and he could alleviate suffering if he wanted to. However this is not a mature understanding of the nature of God. My friends what then does our faith have to say about this? The suffering of the innocent is something too painful and mysterious to try to explain. Jesus, when faced with the suffering of the widow of Naim and the sisters of Lazarus, was moved and wept.
The Christian response to the problem of suffering is wrapped up in that same name: Jesus Christ! He came silently to take it upon himself. In doing so he changed it entirely: from a sign of malediction, he made it an instrument of redemption. Even more: he made it the supreme value, the highest order of greatness in this world, as attested to in the lives of the saints. Look at what flowed from the suffering of Jesus: the resurrection and hope for the whole human race. But look also at what happens around us. For example, how much energy and heroism is often brought out in a couple in the acceptance of a child with special needs! How much solidarity surrounds them! How much otherwise unknown capacity to love!
My friends the most important thing, however, when we speak of suffering, is not to explain it; rather we must try to alleviate it! There is a story of a little girl frozen by the cold who cries because of hunger pains, a man got fed up of seeing her and cried out in his heart one day to God: “Oh, God, where are you? Why don’t you do something for that poor girl?” And God answered him: “I certainly have done something for her: I created you!”
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
The problem of suffering is too painful and mysterious to try to explain. Rather it is wrapped up in the person of Jesus Christ, his cross and resurrection. Instead of trying to understand it we should always try to alleviate it