Living Our Baptism

Waters of Baptism make us a new creation

“We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ.” —Pope Francis

We recently celebrated the anniversary of my six-year-old son’s Baptism.  In my household this entails a dessert picked out by the honoree, retelling stories from that day and lighting their Baptismal candle.  This important day is one worth celebrating!  We are truly made new and welcomed as a member in God’s holy family through Baptism.  We also had the wonderful honor of celebrating this Sacrament for our newest God-child a little over a week ago.  It was a truly joyous occasion as well!

These experiences got me thinking about my Baptism and part in God’s family.  How timely a thought as Pope Francis tweeted this past Friday, “We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ.”  To live our Baptism every day!  But what does living as new creatures look like?

To begin with, we must ask ourselves this question–if we are truly a new creation, what has changed about us?  After all, our outward appearances seem to be the same.  We talk the same, look the same, appear the same height.  We have the same range of emotions,  need to eat, feel tired and get sick.  So what’s changed?

“Through Baptism we are freed from sin…”

While there are many ways to write about the change that has taken place, it is put quite succinctly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God…” (CCC 1213).  As sons (and daughters) of our heavenly Father, we are called to live in a way that reflects this reality.  We are to live as members of His household where His rules are abided by.  This change also unites you and I in a way that goes beyond mere blood lines.  We are family–I know the song went through my head too–but it is true!

To live our Baptism every day means to live in union with God our Father and in community with our brothers and sisters.  It means that we strive to go beyond the selfishness that permeates this world.  It means that we strive to know, love and serve our God side-by-side more deeply every day.  If we dare to live life that way, then we will truly live our Baptism every day, clothed in Christ.  What a joyous occasion that will be!

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