from Pope St. John Paul II – Christifideles Laici, 10-11
The way I know that I’m part of the family of God is because I have been baptized. Baptism begins the process of Christian initiation whereby I become an adopted son of God. After Jesus was baptized by John (the Baptist!…go figure), God descended and with a booming voice expressing His delight when Jesus was baptized.
Certainly, I would imagine God being well pleased even at our own Baptisms.
But what does it mean to live out my Baptism in such a way that recognizes that I’m, in fact, an adopted son of God? Baptism is the first threshold in living a Christian life. Through it, I can begin to grow in my faith and be equipped with the graces necessary to live out a truly Christian life. To live out my call to holiness.
Pope St. John Paul II said
It is no exaggeration to say that the entire existence of the lay faithful has as its purpose to lead a person to a knowledge of the radical newness of the Christian life that comes from baptism, the sacrament of faith, so that this knowledge can help that person live the responsibilities which arise from that vocation received from God…
Which makes me think of my ministerial roles that I’ve been active in. I’m in the business of teaching others the Catholic faith. How do I begin to share with them that they are adopted sons and daughters of God and loved as such? I think it begins with me recognizing this very fact. For me. By virtue of my Baptism, I’m an adopted son of God.
Reaffirming what I believe in by reflectively praying the Apostle’s Creed before I go to bed tonight.
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