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A CALL TO SACRIFICIAL LOVE LIKE THE LAMB OF GOD

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HOMILY OF 2ND SUNDAY READINGS, YEAR A

The Lamb: A Symbol of Innocence and Sacrifice

The lamb is a tender animal most cherished by many people, perhaps because of its innocence, meekness, humility, and obedience. Moreover, despite these good characteristic features, instead of being preserved, rather it was the preferred animal sacrifice in biblical times, especially the blemished one.

Of course, it was exactly what the Israelites slaughtered and smeared its blood on their doorposts during their Passover night in Egypt, which saved them from death (Exodus 12:11–13).

Isaiah’s Message of Perseverance and Redemption

Meanwhile, in this Sunday reading, precisely in the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah encouraged the Israelites, who were in exile, to persevere in their faith and trust in God, who would soon liberate them from Babylon and eventually send them the Messiah. This Messiah (the servant who seeks neither glory nor power) would humbly give perfect obedience to God and suffer severely to bring back humanity to God.Continue Reading...

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