Washed with the waters of Baptism
I guess we will never be able to fully grasp the importance and meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism. By receiving this Sacrament we became children of God. As in the time of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, God the Father declared: "You are my beloved child, in you I am well pleased," and from that moment the meaning and the optic of my life dramatically changed. As a child of God I am no longer in the slavery of evil and original sin. We have been involved in the family of the Church, in the family of God and we became full members of the house of God. From this sacrament flow of, and in it are anchored all other sacraments and all other graces I receive as a Christian - a child of God. Through this sacrament cleaning and resurgent "was presented to us the grace God that brings salvation" - writes St. Paul the Apostle in the Epistle to Titus. Probably it is never enough to remind and depth of that Sacrament and contemplate it.
So sometimes I listen to parents with surprise and disbelief, when seemingly in a logical way they try to say: "I do not baptize my child because I do not want to coerce him into something what at a mature age the child would not have chosen." How is it possible to not want for a child the grace, the rebirth, the grace to be the child of God? And how can you be so naive and blind? Why mother bathes and change the diapers for her child, why is she feeding him with all kinds of nutrients and healthy food, and is not waiting until the child himself consciously chooses what's best for him? Why the mother sends her child (sometimes even against his will) to school, to learn to sing, dance, play the violin, and she is not waiting until a child alone chooses for him the best type of education? What a stupid reasoning? What a naive and perverse justification? And it is said by Catholics, by believers, by those declaring themselves as children of God. Most likely, the parents did not appreciate, did not understand the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism, and therefore in such a silly and naive way refuse the grace for their child.
This Sunday of Baptism of the Lord reminds us and leads us to rethink the fact of our Baptism and all of its consequences and obligations flowing out this Sacrament. It may be indeed good to establish some solid and unshakable points of reference in this morally frenzy world. And one of these solid points is definitely our Baptism - the Sacrament of the Grace of God, the Sacrament of adoption, the Sacrament of rebirth and life eternal.
Christian, you have been baptized!
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU?
Does it mean anything...?