“After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon Him
like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Mt 3: 16-17
God the Father was overjoyed with Jesus and thundered joyfully: “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” For most of us, we were baptized
as infants so we do not have a memory of that special grace-filled day.
However, God the Father remembers the day that each of His children were baptized whether as an infant, child or adult. It is a joyful day because our baptism is birth into a new life in Christ. The Holy Spirit has marked us with the seal of the Lord. Baptism
make us members of the Body of Christ, His Church.
According to the
Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life...Having become a member of the Church, the person baptized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose for us.” Its a big deal!
I believe that God the Father dances with jubilant joy when an infant, child or adult becomes one of His adopted children. I just sense that God the Father thunders out the words: “This is my beloved son or daughter, with whom I am well pleased.”
Perhaps we can spend a little time today thinking about that we are indeed God's beloved
son or daughter. Its a big deal!
I don't know the date when I was baptized
as an infant. I decided to pick the date of November 13. It is the feast day of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini canonized in 1946. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ. I especially
ask her intercession on my baptism day.
Perhaps you can find your baptismal
certificate and put the date of your baptismal on your calendar. If you do not know the exact date of your baptism, choose a date. It is the day that you became God's special adopted child. Thats a big deal and worth celebrating and remembering.