by | Jan 2, 2024 | Evangelium



Saint. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. The life of St. Genevieve was one of great austerity, constant prayer, and works of charity. She died in the year 512.

Entrance Antiphon: Is 9:1

A people who walked in darkness has seen a great light; for those dwelling in a land of deep gloom, a light has shone.


Grant us, almighty God, that the bringer of your salvation, who for the world’s redemption came forth with newness of heavenly light, may dawn afresh in our hearts and bring us constant renewal. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading: 1 John 2:29-3:6

You know that God is righteous – then you must recognise that everyone whose life is righteous has been begotten by him. Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is. Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ. Anyone who sins at all breaks the law, because to sin is to break the law. Now you know that he appeared in order to abolish sin, and that in him there is no sin; anyone who lives in God does not sin, and anyone who sins has never seen him or known him.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97(98):1,3-6

R/ All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

  1. Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders. His right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation.
  2. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord, all the earth, ring out your joy.
  3. Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp with the sound of music. With trumpets and the sound of the horn acclaim the King, the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia! A hallowed day has dawned upon us. Come, you nations, worship the Lord, for today a great light has shone down upon the earth. Alleluia!

Gospel: John 1:29-34

Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.” Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.’

Prayer over the Offerings

O God, who give us the gift of true prayer and of peace, graciously grant that, through this offering, we may do fitting homage to your divine majesty and, by partaking of the sacred mystery, we may be faithfully united in mind and heart. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: 1 Jn 1: 2

That life which was with the Father became visible, and has appeared to us.

Prayer after Communion

May your people, O Lord, whom you guide and sustain in many ways, experience, both now and in the future, the remedies which you bestow, that, with the needed solace of things that pass away, they may strive with ever deepened trust for things eternal. Through Christ our Lord.


Today, John the Baptist introduced Jesus Christ to his disciples and the world as the sin remover. Sometimes we see him as the prophet who wore the hat so tight in terms of his strictness and moral resoluteness. But rather than scolding John the Baptist for being too strict and uncompromising in interpreting his mandate to preach the baptism of repentance, it is essential that we individually recognise our failings and sins. The clarion call: “BLook, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world,” calls our attention to the essential work of Jesus – he saved/saves us from sin and eternal damnation. As we fight the structures of sin embedded in our society, we must recognise the personal structures of sin in our lives. Being mindful of one’s sinfulness humbles one and makes one easily receptive and forgiving to others in their weaknesses, failings, and sins. This is one of the hallmarks of a serious Catholic. Lord, give us a humble heart to recognise our sinfulness so that we may come to you in repentance and be forgiven. Amen!