The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 23rd of Ordinary Time, spoke of slavery and of the more important and significant claims of family, born of baptism into Christ.
The Collect at Mass on Sunday also speaks of family, and reminds we belong to God’s family, as sons and daughters, not by birth but by adoption.
O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption,
look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters,
that those who believe in Christ
may receive true freedom
and an everlasting inheritance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Sometimes the font is spoken of as the womb of the Church. If it is where Christians are ‘born’ we know for sure they come already born! The phrase ‘Christians are made not born’ is a telling one.
Once we are baptised, we are baptised. But becoming Christian, becoming more and more authentic in our identity with Christ, as members of the family of God – that work continues, well beyond out time at the font!
- How Christian have you been made?
- Who have been the influences for the good? And for the bad?
- Where is there room for more growth?
Carving of Baptism. St Trophime, Arles. (c) 2013, Allen Morris