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January 15, 2017: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’
I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying,
“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him.
I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34)


John the Baptist models single-hearted focus on Jesus. His undistracted, courageous, and clear dedication to Jesus, and all that Jesus would be, set an example for those of us who follow him. His witness is remarkable.


Go all in. Whatever you do, do it today with every cell in your being. Whatever you believe today, believe it with your whole heart. May whatever you do or believe, may it be a sign that points to God’s love.

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Maria Price

Maria Price is a Providence Associate who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Maria is a 1987 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She is the executive director at St. John Center, a homeless shelter in Louisville.

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