Welcome back! Last week we went through the “money” chapters of Genesis and set a foundation for this study, this series, and for our lives. One of the big things I’d like for you to take away from this week is baptism. Last week ended with an introduction to Noah. This week we will see the Great Flood, which is a biblical example of the Sacrament of Baptism. Being a convert, I received baptism as an adult, only three years ago. In the APPLICATION section of this post, you’ll see a little bit about what my experience was like on the day of my baptism. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and happy reading!
Monday, January 15 Chapter 6
Tuesday, January 16 Chapter 7
Wednesday, January 17 Chapter 8
Thursday, January 18 Chapter 9
Friday, January 19 Chapter 10
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This week when we see the Great Flood it can be seen as a precursor for the Sacrament of Baptism. This is the first sacrament we receive and it welcomes us into the Church. We become adopted sons and daughters of God when we receive baptism and we build a home for the Holy Spirit in our hearts. I remember my baptism since it only happened three years ago. It was hands down, the best day of my life. I can recall standing in front of the baptistry while Father read the baptismal promises and I had to respond with “I do” after every one. At my home parish, the baptistry was at the back of the Church, near the front door. The pressure was on in that moment. I remember thinking that this was a pivotal moment in my life. I could turn to my right and get baptized, I would become a Catholic, something that I will be for the rest of my life and into eternity. Or, I could bail out and continue to live my life how I wanted to without worrying about all the pressure of being a child of God. Father read each promise so methodically, and watched me intently as I responded:
Do you reject Satan? I do.
And all his works? I do.
And all his empty promises? I do.
Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I can still run away, but I didn’t instead I said, I do.
God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
And myself along with the entire congregation said, Amen.
On that day, I changed my life. I offered my life to God and committed myself to walking with him each and every day. It hasn’t been a walk in the park, and I’m still a sinner. But my God is big, and loving, and merciful, and he has been holding me up every step on my journey for the past 25 years. On November 23, 2014, I decided to recognize him holding me up every step on my journey for the rest of my life. That is what baptism is.
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