Sunday, June 28, 2015
Many amazing things have happened this week on the national stage. History was made, old wounds resurfaced through a tragic event in the House of God, and bitter struggles attained a degree of truce. Any one of these events would lead to countless hours of discussion, debate and introspection. But one event happened today, that symbolized our hope and promise for the future. It occurred during a ceremony practiced countless times in places of worship around the world. It is a simple act with profound consequences, pledging oneself to serve in the mightiest army on earth. It begins with, "Do you believe in God the Father?" The ceremony goes on with other questions, but two stand out, particularly this week - "Will you seek to serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" and "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" The response for each of these last two questions is "I will with God's help." The ceremony I refer to is the Holy Baptism. I had the priviledge to serve as a Eucharistic Minister for an adult Baptism today for a young man who, along with his family and friends to witness, became part of the household of God. You could actually feel the power of the Holy Spirit in the church today as it washed over the congregation during the Baptism. The joy in the newly baptized person's face was priceless. We all should ask ourselves from time to time the Baptismal questions mentioned above, and even more importantly, reflect upon their meaning as we go about our daily lives - especially when events happen that give us pause. Ask yourself - how would Jesus respond? I think you know the answer.