John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
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I love whenever I hear lines from the Mass in Scripture. I love being reminded of how much of the Mass is rooted in Scripture. “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” is also heard during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. John says this line when he sees Jesus for the first time, and we say it in Mass when the priest holds up the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. Just moments before we receive it, we recognize the true presence of Jesus Christ, just as John the Baptist did before he baptized him.
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