By Fr. Christopher Foeckler, MJ • Phoenix, AZ

When John the Baptist saw Jesus passing by, he exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Two disciples then began to follow Jesus and He asked them, “What are you looking for?” Hesitatingly, they asked Him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Jesus then invited them to “Come and see.” And they spent the rest of the day with Him. Moreover, they got to know the Lord so well that one went and called his brother saying, “We have found the Messiah.” (Cf. Jn 1:36-41)

The celebrant at every Mass repeats the Baptist’s exclamation, “Behold the Lamb of God! Behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” As with John’s disciples, we are to respond to these words by approaching the Lord – now to receive Him in the gift of Holy Communion. Through the priest, the Lord is inviting the congregation, “Come and see. Come and know Me. Come and stay with Me. Come and let Me stay with you!” 

The title, “Lamb of God” itself, should evoke several insights into the person of the Lord. He is at once gentle as a lamb, the most non-threatening creature on earth, so be unafraid to approach Him. The Lamb of God is also at the center of the old covenant, sacrificed and His blood rescued the Israelites from slavery and death at the Passover. In the new and eternal covenant, Jesus – the new Lamb of God – is sacrificed and His blood not only takes away sin and death, but offers eternal heavenly life to those who believe in Him and eat His flesh and drink His blood. And finally, the Lamb of God that was slain is worthy to receive power, glory, wisdom and strength and honor and praise! He now lives forever and is the Victor Who is able to open the Book of Life and open Heaven to all who believe in Him.
(Cf. Rev. 5: 6-13)

So, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord this month of June, and indeed celebrate every Mass, at the invitation to “Behold the Lamb of God”. Let us see in the priest’s hands the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and approach Him with faith and joy! It is He who, through the priest, is inviting us to come and see Him. To come and stay with Him. To come and let Him stay with us and bring us to eternal life! 

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