Congratulations! You are parents! You have said “yes” to God’s creative love in your lives. You have said “yes” to life.
“You knit me together in my mother’s womb,” says Psalm 139. God spent nine months knitting your child in your womb. God has called your child into being and loves your child in a deeply personal way. Through your love a new and eternal life has been made flesh! Your child is literally a work of love!
As parents, you have the privilege of presenting your children to receive the gift of Baptism. It is a precious gift given by God through the Church. Baptism is the gift that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Baptism is the gift of new life, the eternal life of the Risen Christ. This gift is a sacrament, an encounter with Christ himself. Baptism is a moment when Christ comes to us and acts within us and among us. In this encounter, we are transformer. This is true fore adults who understanding the meaning of the sacrament and choose it for themselves, and it is also true for the youngest children- indeed, for babes in arms- at their Baptism.
The Scriptures remind us of the mystery of God’s intimate relationship with us, even before we were born: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). The Church honors this relationship by offering Baptism to the youngest children.
Jesus’ words t Nicodemus, “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of the water and Spirit” (John 3″5), have always been understood by the Church to mean that even the youngest children should not be denied the Sacrament of Baptism.. The child’s right to Baptism becomes even cleared when we recall Jesus’ words to his disciples regarding little children: “it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14). Thus, infant Baptism is part of the most ancient tradition of the Church. It is a powerful and visible reminder to us that God’s love and salvation are not earned But are offered to us as a gift.
Excerpts from Baptism is a Beginning 2009
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“The Word became flesh and lived among us”John 1:14