Baptism ( Canticle of Isaiah 3/6)

” With Joy you will draw water from the spring of salvation”….

As would be fitting for a follow up for a follow up from the last subject of salvation.  This part of the canticle calls us to the subject of Bptism.  People, in general terms, tend to consider baptism in one of two contexts.  In the case of infant baptism it was something that happened to them.  In the other case where they came to a faith later in life, and chose to be baptized for themselves.  In both cases this is the enterance into a life within the Body of Christ.

We profess one baptism for the forgiveness of sin.  This baptism we are speaking of is the sacrament of Baptism.  However, aside from that one sacrament , we spend our entire life of faith in various reflections, or renewals of this baptism.

Each and every time we enter a church, what happens ?  We reach for the Holy Water font, and we bless ourselves.  Like many things we have done all our lives, it way be something we do out of habit, or our of reflex.   In this simple action is power, praise, and renewal of faith.

We reach for the font, and immerse our fingers.  In our faith life we are reaching out, and trying to get closer still to God in our lives.  That reaching out is our daily walk, our daily struggle.  Finally we immerse ourselves as best we can in our faith lives.  We can feel the coolness , the refreshment,  and surround ourselves with the love of God.

We draw water ( Joyfully).. from the font ( the spring) and this action calls to memory the waters of baptism with which we were blessed.  It recalls for us the fact that we draw every blessing from the font of Gods love for us.

Then making the sign of the cross, we enter in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This same way with the same sign we were sealed with in Baptism we relive, we recall, and we believe.  it becomes a reflection and reminder of the faith we share and profess.

In each and every Mass there is a profession of faith.  This too a reflection if our baptismal promises.  Standing before God , present in the the Body of Christ, our brothers and sisters, and in the tabernacle, we declare our faith and renew and recall the mysteries and truths of our faith.

Every Easter vigil when we bring new brothers and sisters into the church, During the mass everyone renews their baptismal promises, and receives a sprinkling of the same Holy Water they were blessed with at their baptism.

In the sacrament of reconciliation, we enter carrying our crosses, sinful and contrite, but through that sacrament, we experience a forgiveness, and a blessing, and mostly a renewal of our faith and soul much like our baptism, we are rejoining the Body of Christ even closer still, and joyful we emerge.

During our lives if faith there are crosses we all have to carry.  When we pick up our crosses, and we walk through the fires that we are called to , and then come out on the other side stronger in our faith, learning new things about our faith, and maybe our failings, this renewal is also a reflection of our baptism.  Entering in sin, in doubt, or in question and then arising in faith and love.

No matter if you entered the sacrament of baptism through infancy or later in life, we strive to make our whole life a reflection of our baptism .  Although we profess one baptism,  we can make each day, each moment a reflection of that one sacrament. each day when we enter in our lives and strive to arise and go forward, striving to renew ourselves in Christ.   Go forth and live each day as a new baptismal reflection !

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One Response to “Baptism ( Canticle of Isaiah 3/6)”

  1. Lorena Says:

    Hi there! This blog post couldn’t be written any better!

    Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He always kept preaching about this. I am going to send this post to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!

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