Know Like You Know

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time A

John the Baptist knew it, but he didn’t know it.  He knew he had been called to this mission of baptizing. He knew it had meaning and importance. He knew that God was attracting people to him. He knew he was preparing for the Messiah, whoever that was.  I mean he was baptizing as if it were his last name.  Yet, everything must have looked different the moment he encountered Jesus. He cries out, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” and immediately acknowledges that Jesus ranks ahead of him.  He rejoices to tell of how the Holy Spirit alighted in the form of the dove upon Jesus and it had answered the promise that God had given him, “On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the…

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