Our Mission Begins at Baptism

Our Mission Begins at Baptism

Just as Abram was sent by God to go forth from his father’s house and become a great nation, it is important for us to remember that when we were baptized into God’s family, each one of us was given the mission to go forth and do good things

Peter, James and John were able to see Jesus transfigured before their eyes and God’s voice told them that Jesus was His beloved son. At our baptism, the minister proclaims us a beloved son or daughter of God. We are given a white garment symbolizing life in Christ. While the garment is probably not as dazzling as Jesus’ garment was, the significance is the same: God wants us to be with him. God wants to make us pure and holy. God wants us to go forth and proclaim the Good News.

Like Jesus, we have been confirmed in our mission. We are called to be witnesses to God’s action in the world. We must proclaim in word and deed, the goodness of God. Like Jesus, we are also tempted to sin. Unlike Jesus, we sometimes fall. We sometimes allow the Devil to get the upper hand. Despite this failure, God still invites us into relationship. God still sees us as his beloved son or daughter. Our baptism and confirmation affirm this relationship. The Sacraments of Initiation are a continued source of grace from which we need to draw inspiration, healing and strength to continue on the journey toward our heavenly home.

Even when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and thereby brought sin and death into the world, God did not abandon His creatures. Because of the obedience of Jesus Christ, the original sin is rectified and human beings are once again given the opportunity to be one with God.

May this Lent help us to recommit ourselves to the Sacraments so that we may truly live them each and every day of our lives.

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Written by
Msgr John Kasza