September 7, 2021

You were buried with [Jesus] in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

Our complicated reading today was written to stress the importance of our baptism and spell out the blessings that we receive with this important sacrament — blessings that should fill us with a sense of gratitude and a more profound realization of how God has reached out to make us his own. The author argues that we experience a personal relationship with God because of what has been done for us in Christ Jesus.

The emphasis on baptism runs through the various epistles. Perhaps the most succinct expression is from 2 Timothy 2:11, “Here is a saying that you can rely on: If we died with him, then we shall live with him.” As we ponder sayings like this, we are also encouraged not to rest on what we have received in baptism but to continue our journey of faith, progressing in our union with Christ! Our adoration on the blessings of our baptism should help us deepen our Christ-life, continually infused us with strength, and encouraging us in every way.

Baptism was very important for Father Eymard. He regularly celebrated that day rather than his birthday. In his retreat notes for his great retreat in 1865, he wrote, “I saw the graces that made up the dowry of my baptism — beyond all computing: a son of God, a member of Jesus Christ, a child of the Church, a brother of the saints; a right to the grace and to the glory of Jesus Christ. What made me weep is the sight of my three vocations: to a devout life, to a priestly life, to the religious life.”

Is our baptism that important to us?

Let Us Pray:

O blessed Jesus; you have willed to me make me a brother of yours in baptism. Help me to appreciate this new life and grow in your love day by day.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.