January 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The first half of the antiphon text comes straight from this Sunday’s Gospel, John 1:29-34. The pericope begins with John the Baptist’s testimony: “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29). This phrase will recur in the following extract, not read today, at John 1:36. We remember that Jesus then questioned the two disciples who accompanied John the Baptist, and said to them “Come, and you will see” (John 1:39). The transformation of this into the second half of the antiphon text is clear, linking the classic invitation to Communion at Mass to Jesus’s invitation to us to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. Accordingly, the accompanying psalm is indeed Psalm 34 (33), one of the suggestions in the Missal. The Collegeville Composers have interpolated this with the second half of the antiphon as a half-refrain, reusing the music of an antiphon for the Word on the solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul (“I called in my distress; God set me free”).