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People have been looking for salvation ever since the fall of Adam and Eve. Their sin in the Garden of Eden so long ago has infected all of us, causing us to be born in a state of separation from God. We call that original sin and the consequence of that sin, we are told, is death.
So, “the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.” Would John the Baptist be the one to save them and restore the life that was lost when our first parents rejected God?
John, however, was clear. “One mightier than I is coming. . . .He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Indeed!
When Jesus entered the waters of baptism, the Father said to him for all the world to hear, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well please.” He is the one to save us.
It is into those Christ-filled waters that we were also immersed when we were baptized. His life was poured into us. His eternal life was poured into us. And what was lost by original sin was restored to us by sanctifying grace, the gift of God himself, who entered into us on the day of our baptism. Our natural life, given to us by our parents, was lifted up by the supernatural life given to us by God. Yes, we were born again by water and the Holy Spirit and we became the adopted child of God and an heir to the eternal Kingdom of Heaven itself. This is God’s free gift to us, given out of love. How outstanding is that! Salvation has come to us at last.
May we always be thankful for the new life that God gave to us in baptism. May we never lose that life by purposefully rejecting God through grave sin. May the fire of God that rumbles in the belly of our soul rise up to change us into better witnesses of the Resurrection. May we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us forward in faith to the gates of Heaven itself.
Our baptism and the life of Christ we have received from it have made all the difference for us. Thank you, Jesus.
Have a blessed week everyone.