Taste and See: Sanctified and missioned

DSC03179 Magdala

 

God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,
by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
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.

Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection and our participation in his life, a participation gifted in Baptism, and sustained by our sharing in the outpouring of the Spirit, and our sharing in the Eucharistic food and drink.

Sacraments work, in a certain sense, just by being performed. They make an objective difference to us. However their power to save is more effective the more we engage with them, drawing on their riches, cooperating with the grace. In the Easter season it is especially appropriate for us to know again the change that the Sacraments of Initiation make to us and others, and to seek to live from them.

Font and church, Magdala, Galilee. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

Taste and See: The wonder of new life in Christ

Easter Vidgil

The Collect at Mass on Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, has a remarkable rhetorical force.

L,God of everlasting mercy,
who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast
kindle the faith of the people you have made your own,
increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand
in what font they have been washed,
by whose Spirit they have been reborn,
by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
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.

The rhetoric of course is as nothing compared to the power of the newness and radical change that is brought about in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Yet in that solid drum beat ‘In what font …’, ‘by whose Spirit…’, and finally ‘by whose blood’ we are newly engaged by the enormity of our sacramental regeneration in and by Christ.

In each of these modes, each hopefully still fresh in our experience from the Easter Vigill the Lord has united himself with us that we might be united with him.

  • Of what have you been cleansed?
  • For what have you been reborn?
  • Why and when have you been redeemed?

Offer your prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord.

Photograph of baptism in the parish of St Johns Wood, 2011.