Sunday Gospel Warm-Up

January 12, 2023

The New Covenant

Jan. 15 John 1:29-34

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We hear John the Baptist proclaim Jesus as the Son of God and the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John symbolizes all the best that Israel could muster up to that time. He was the faithful prophet calling his people back into the divine covenant that his people had made in Moses’ time. Yet, he knew, and Israel knew it was never adequate or complete. They never got to living the covenant as it was envisioned by God and the earlier prophets. Today, though, John proclaims the time of completion has arrived. Jesus will perfect that covenant by filling the hearts of all people with the Spirit of God.