For 3 January 2009, Christmas weekday, based on John 1:29-34
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, â€œHere is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, â€˜After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.â€™ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.â€ And John testified, â€œI saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, â€˜He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.â€™ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.