From The Pastor
John the Baptist had many images he could have used to point out the Messiah: shepherd, servant, warrior king, or a stern judge. Instead he chose “Lamb of God” to sum up the best description of Jesus.
Those listening to John and hearing the emphasis on the lamb, would have immediately understood the allusion to the Paschal Lamb whose blood, was placed on the doorposts of the houses in Egypt. As the Angel of death passed over Egypt, the children of Israel were saved by the blood of the lamb. John is foretelling that one day this person Jesus would be sacrificed, like a lamb, and his death would bring salvation to all.
Those listening would also be aware of the Servant of the Lord, mentioned in today’s first reading. Isaiah will tell us in later chapters how the Suffering Servant would be “led like a lamb to the slaughter, like a dumb sheep before its shearers... he was numbered with the transgressors, but instead, he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors ” (Is 53:7,12).
The lamb is linked to the destruction of sin. Jesus will bear the load of all the weaknesses, miseries, and wickedness of people. With the gift of his life, he will destroy them. He will overcome sin, devision, death and separation from the Father, by renewing creation with the outpouring of the Spirit.
We also recall the story in the Book of Genesis. When Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son and he was on the way to the place of sacrifice, his son, Isaac, asks: “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” Abraham replies: “God himself will provide the lamb” (Gen. 22:7-8). God indeed provided the Lamb. “Behold the Lamb of God”, rich in meaning, worthy of our prayer, meditation and adoration.
– Fr. Joe
You are cordially invited to the Chinese New Year Celebration
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020 Time: 4:30pm
Light dinner served at 5pm (after Mass) at the Parish Center
Suggested donation $5.00 per person
Please RSVP to Fr. Dominic Lee by Feb 2nd
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-344-7622 xt 119
St. Dunstan 7th-12th Grade Youth Ministry Upcoming Events:
Thursday, January 23 from 3:00-4:30pm: Homework and Hangout in the Convent. Come by for a snack and to hang out with friends after school.
Saturday, February 1 from 6:30-8:30pm: Vision Board Night in the Convent. A hands-on activity to help teens identify goals and an action plan for 2020.
Email email@example.com to RSVP, to ask questions, or for more information.
Please join the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for their monthly meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 21. All are welcome to attend!
The Parish Office and School will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of The Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. Masses will be celebrted at 6:30am, 8:00am, and 5:00pm.
Next weekend’s second collection will be for the Church in Latin America.