The sacrament of baptism is more that that, though, much more! Through this sacrament we become members of the Body of Christ, are welcomed in to the family of the Church, where we realize we are brothers and sisters in Christ, but which also makes us sons and daughter of God, the Most High! Like in the story of the Prodigal Son, in baptism God rushes out to meet us, embracing us, freeing us from sin, snatching us from the power of death, and putting us on the path to eternal life (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 1262-1274, 1279-1280). All that is required on our part is faith: faith in God’s promises found in the Church if baptized as an adult, or the faith of parents who promise to raise the child to know the Christian faith for an infant.
From this act of baptism, the floodgates are opened to grace, enabling us to believe, hope and love in a special way. The grace we receive in baptism helps us to hear the Holy Spirit, learning to live, act, and grow to be all that God wants for us. It is the beginning of our journey with God and the Church. Much like a wedding marks a special beginning of love rather than an end, so too baptism. Only though baptism are we prepared by God to receive all the sacraments. Through baptism we begin our journey towards God, and what a journey it is! Welcome!
“I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
“The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar
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