Mystery of the Lamb
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world1”, all of the evil in the world. The LAMB is JESUS, poor and crucified; in his divine tenderness he offers himself to us, begging for our love – the divine tenderness of Jesus united with the Father, victorious over death, the power of the Resurrection, the invincible tenderness that raises him from the dead.
By his Cross and Resurrection, Jesus, the Lamb of God, triumphs today, in this moment of our history, over the deadly hatred that man harbors against God and his “brothers” in mankind.
“In his flesh… in his person, Jesus killed hatred2”, he gives us his Peace, the Peace of the Risen Christ, who floods the world with the living waters of the Spirit and the tenderness of the Father.
In the heart of the Church, consecrated to living the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Little Brothers of the Lamb are gathered in fraternal unanimity “to be of one mind and one heart in God3”.
“Before all else let God be loved3!” “Seated at the feet of the Lord4” we keep the Word of God, and with the Virgin Mary, ponder it in our hearts. We draw this Living Water of the Word of God from the pierced heart of Jesus on the Cross, from the daily Eucharist, from Eucharistic Adoration, and from the long celebrations of the Divine Office, day and night, in this contemplative life that reveals to us the mystery of the Lamb.
Witnesses of the mystery of the Lamb, the little brothers of the Lamb go as pilgrims, praying, poor, and begging in the footsteps of Saint Dominic and Saint Francis to encounter the poorest of this world, so that all, rich and poor alike, might receive the Light of the Gospel: Jesus, the Lamb of God – the tenderness of the Father for all men.
The Church sends us “as lambs⁵” in the midst of the world. As we go, in the footsteps of the Lamb, “wounded, we will never cease to love.” (Motto of the Community).
¹ Jn 1:29
² Eph. 2:16
³ Rule of Saint Augustine
⁴ cf. Lk. 10:39
⁵ Lk 10:3