Updated: Apr 5
The liturgical season of Lent is directed toward Baptism. It is a time for preparation for those who are about to receive the Sacrament. It is also a time for all of us to remember our own Baptism and the implications that it has for our lives today. In Baptism, we are claimed as members of the family of God and heirs to the kingdom. Baptism also makes us sisters and brothers with each other. All of this is the work of God, no one deserves this or can ever demand that God grant it to them. It is a free gift that gives us new life and faith through God's mercy, love and forgiveness.
During this season we reflect on the wonder of being recipients of such a great gift. We also remember the times and ways that we fail to live into the promises made by our godparents and affirmed by us personally during Confirmation.
During our Baptism parents and Godparents made promises:
To live with us among God's faithful people, bring us to the word of God and the Holy Supper, teach us the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in our hands the Holy Scriptures, nurture us in faith and prayer, so that we may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the word that God has made, and to work for justice and peace. The entire community of the Church also promises to nurture each other in the Christian faith as empowered by the God' Spirit and help each other live in the covenant of Baptism and in communion with the church.
We are to be continually re-formed by God's Spirit into the beloved community which reaches out to every one that we meet and treat them as we have been treated by God. We are to treat them with love, mercy and forgiveness. For the times that we fail, we approach God in sorrow and repentance, and seek to be returned to our Baptismal relationship with God and each other.
Rev. Timothy Dawes
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