First Reading: 1 John 2:29—3:6
29: If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that every one who does right is born of him.
1: See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2: Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
3: And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
4: Every one who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
5: You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
6: No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
Psalm: Psalms 98:1, 3cd-4, 5-6
1: O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
3: He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5: Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6: With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
Gospel: John 1:29-34
29: The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
30: This is he of whom I said, `After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.'
31: I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel."
32: And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.
33: I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
34: And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."