20190113 The Baptism of the Lord

Truly Embrace My Catholic Faith

This Sunday we recognize the baptism of Jesus. But in recognizing the baptism of Jesus, I can’t help to think of my own baptism. I am not particularly reflecting on my perspective of my baptism, because I didn’t have one. I was just getting wet. I was probably scared and crying at the time. What I want to recognize and acknowledge is the decision my mom made to have me baptized into the Catholic faith and absolve me of my sins. My mother made that promise to Jesus for me, that I would live this faith to the best of my ability and someday pass on that same promise to the generations after me, including to my own kids someday.

But baptism isn’t the one and only way to live my life as a Christian. I was just a baby when I was baptized, that means I have my entire life ahead of me to continue the process of living the promise my mom made for me and to claim the Catholic life as my own. We may be absolved of our sins at the moment of our baptism, but we continue to live our life after that. And experiencing life means there are going to be struggles, hardships, and temptations that challenge us every day. Our promise to God is tested, and I have had my moments when I feel I have failed him and the promise that my mom and I made to Him.

I’m sure there are things in our lives that may have just been thrusted upon us without much of our say to begin with. And it isn’t until we have gained hindsight, that we can look back at and appreciate it. So looking back and reflecting on it, I’m grateful that my mom chose to have me baptized. Though it took many years later for me to truly embrace my Catholic faith, I have chosen on my own to carry out the promise my mom made to Jesus and will continue to live my life the way Jesus would want me to live. And I hope I am doing my part to inspire others to live their lives the same.

--Kevin

Readings at http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011319.cfm

First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm: Psalm 104:1B-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30
Second Reading: Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38
Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

 

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