If there’s no objective moral order Jesus died in vain! Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Homily Notes

Gospel: John 1:29-34 Look there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

How does Jesus Christ take away the sin of the world?

By taking the sin of the world to himself.

He’s innocent but he made himself guilty in place of the guilty.

So, let’s draw out the implications of Jesus as lamb of God.

There’s an objective moral order to which we’re all subject – otherwise why would Jesus Christ need to die for sinners?

There is ultimate Justice.

Because there’s ultimate Justice Jesus was tolerant only in so far as tolerance served repentance.

The guilty who genuinely repent and turn to Christ are free – He takes the place of the guilty. That’s redemption. It’s the only reason a priest can absolve sins.

Jesus was merciful rather than tolerant. Learn the difference. Mercy is Justice transfigured by Love. It requires ultimate Love.

Sin is destructive – ponder Christ crucified. It’s the most destructive force known to humankind.

If Jesus doesn’t take away the sins of the world – if we refuse Mercy – where will the sins of the world go? Where will the destruction go?

Jesus Christ is our future.

3 thoughts on “If there’s no objective moral order Jesus died in vain! Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    1. spookchristian

      A so called ‘ catholic priest ‘ cannot absolve sins..
      Your catholic so called priesthood are not in place of God.
      They also are not entitled the title of ‘Fr’.
      Mt 23 v 9

      1. paddybanville Post author

        On the matter of confessing to a priest, Pope Francis recently made the following observations.

        Paraphrasing, the Pope said: “The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation flow directly from the Paschal mystery. In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven.’”

        Pope Francis went on to say that sin is not just between us and God.

        “Someone may say: ‘I confess only to God.’ Yes, you can tell God: ‘Forgive me’, and say your sins. But our sins are also against the brothers, against the Church, and for this it is necessary to ask forgiveness to the Church and to the brothers, in the person of the priest.”

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