A few days ago we celebrated the Baptism of a whole family, mum and dad, and three children.
Mum and dad were also Confirmed and celebrated their first Holy Communion.
Another young girl was also Baptised in the same ceremony.
I was privileged to be the celebrant of these Sacraments.
There is a longing in our heart for the sacred. Jesus sends us to proclaim His hope to all.
This same Jesus fulfills this longing in a unique way. Of course, God communicates with us in nature and in so many other ways. However, Jesus introduced us to a deeper intimacy.
The washing with water and anointing in Baptism, the laying on of hands and Chrism in Confirmation, and the bread and wine in the Eucharist all connect us with the tangible material universe as well as the transcendent Divine.
We are part of our sacred earth as well as being children of our creator God.
Initiation into our Church connects us with our Church family. Here we experience nurture in a loving community both human and Divine. We are called to be a Sacrament, living reminders that God is among us and God is love.
Do I take my Baptism for granted? It is a privilege meant to be shared. We are all wounded healers.
Do you ever consider inviting someone to be Baptised?
One of Jesus’s parting words before his Ascension into heaven was, ‘Go to the ends of the earth, proclaim the good news to all creation, and Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Behold I am with you always even to the end of time‘.
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