I celebrated a baptism of a little boy Auden last Sunday.
His parents and older brother, about four years of age, were the only family present.
The extended family live overseas.
I presented him to the gathered Sunday mass congregation.
When I questioned them, they said that they wanted to support him and his family in their faith journey.
It was Good Shepherd Sunday; we remembered the intimacy that God invited us into.
Jesus the Good Shepherd is always there for us.
The renewal of baptism promises, as part of the Baptism ceremony took on a more pronounced meaning.
The baptism itself was beautiful.
After an initial moment of uncertainty, Auden settled beautifully as I poured the water and said the words of baptism, ‘I baptise you in the name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit,’.
He was beautifully settled and calm.
As I lifted him up to present our newly baptised to the congregation, they clapped enthusiastically.
The extended family were not able to be there,
but his new church family certainly was!
As I proceeded with the ceremony it is like as if he understood what was happening, he smiled and connected.
The parents were beaming!
So was I!
Thank God for our church family!