Originally written for St. Peter’s by-the-Sea E-Net for January 12, 2014.
In all cultures the rites of initiation have been the models for other rites of the community. How people are initiated into the community sets the tone for everything else that happens. This is true for the Church and our rite of initiation – Baptism. This Sunday we have the opportunity to initiate new members into our community. This Sunday we will receive Leonardo, Logan, and Shawn into the household of God, and invite them to join us in confessing the faith of Christ crucified, proclaiming his resurrection, and sharing with us in his eternal priesthood.
What we will do this Sunday sets the tone for everything else we do. We will vow – we will promise – to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; to persevere in resisting evil, and when we fall into sine, to repent and return to the Lord; to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; to seek and serve Christ is all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves; and, to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being. We do all of this with, and only with, God’s help.
This Sunday we have the opportunity to be reminded of what it is we are called to and how we are to do it. We will join in prayer, in song, in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We will be strengthened to live into that which we have been called to do – that which was promised by and for us at our Baptism and each and every time we renew our Baptismal vows.
Will you join us this Sunday in welcoming Leonardo, Logan, and Shawn into this wonderful and amazing journey we have been called to? Will you welcome them and support them in this work? Will you come to get a glimpse into the kingdom of God breaking into the world in our very midst?
The Lord has shown forth his glory. The Lord is showing for his glory in us: Come let us adore him.