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Sunday 31 May 2015 – The Most Holy Trinity

Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

The Holy TrinityBecause most of us are baptised as babies, we often miss the significance of our baptism. It is a joyful occasion where families gather to celebrate and name the baby - to recognise it as a new and unique individual.

Every culture on earth recognises the importance of such a moment in the life of a child. However, as Christians, we add a new dimension. The name identifies the individuality of the child - but the sacrament initiates the child into the life of a series of communities. The first and, at this stage, most significant, is the child’s family. The parish welcomes the new member of their worshipping community - and the wider Church receives the new Christian into a world-wide family. But even beyond that, baptism initiates the person into the very life of God: he or she becomes a disciple and friend of Jesus - a child of God - and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Rather like the disciples encountering Jesus, we have to look at our own baptism and that of others differently. Yes, we remain fully human - but through baptism, we carry the seeds of a new divine life which will find its fulfilment after death when we enter eternity. It is a  gift which gives life a new purpose: where we are God is and in the graces of our baptism, we have been commissioned to sanctify the world - at least our own little bit of it!

Excerpt from Wellspring of Scripture