So there we have it!!
Who can be Baptized?
EVERY PERSON WHO IS NOT BAPTIZED!!
This is God’s GRATUITOUS GRACE
This is God’s FREE GRACE
We have to keep this in mind
We are going to talk about some more things
FAITH AND BAPTISM
What if someone has not been Baptized?
Soon we will emphasize THE NECESSITY OF BAPTISM
So the question is important because Baptism is for EVERYONE
God’s grace of Salvation and Redemption IS NOT EXCLUSIVE
It is meant to be INCLUSIVE
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US!!
GOD WANTS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED!!
Even those who do not know about Jesus Christ, God wants them to KNOW HIM
If that’s the case and not all human beings know about God and had access to Baptism, then what is God calling me to do to spread that word and bring that incredible free gift of new life, of belonging to the People of God, of being a Temple of the Holy Spirit, of being adopted sons and daughters of God, what am I doing to bring that to the world?
THE BAPTISM OF ADULTS
Since the beginning of the Church where the Gospel is proclaimed new, and where Christianity has not yet made inroads in the culture, adult Baptism is the common practice
That makes sense because there are a lot of people who were not raised Christian and did not hear the Good News of Jesus Christ
So from the very beginning we have adults who are hearing the Word of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ
So adults are the ones who are primarily being Baptized
Because of that there is the CATECHUMENATE
The formation, preparation, and proclamation of the Word of God and that response of faith that is elicited during that time of formation of the catechumens
Paragraph 1248 says, “The catechumenate is to be ‘a formation in the whole Christian life…’”
A lot of us who were Baptized as children had a post-baptismal catechumenate
It is meant to be a formation in the whole Christian life
We can ask ourselves if we have received a formation in the whole Christian life
This is not to blame anyone
If we haven’t, then that means God wants us to have that formation even if it is after Baptism
Not just intellectual formation
Not merely prayer or spiritual formation
God wants us to have the WHOLE FORMATION IN THE WHOLE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We ask so we can give ourselves a self assessment
What more does God want from us?
God wants us to CONTINUE TO BE FORMED!!
Paragraph 1248 continues, “...during which the disciples will be joined to Christ their teacher. The catechumens should be properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of the evangelical virtues, and they should be introduced into the life of faith, liturgy, and charity of the People of God by successive rites.”
Fr. Mike is a huge fan of origin stories like Batman Begins
Fr. Mike loves the Rocky movies so let’s listen to him wax poetic about training montages…
Why does Fr. Mike know it’s EXACTLY 37 seconds????? ( DRAAAAAGOOOOOOOO!!!! Rocky IV Training Montage | 720p HD )
People love the training montages
The catechumenate is a training montage
It’s about letting ourselves be formed and trained in the spiritual life
That is the goal
If we have already been Baptized then we have a post-baptismal catechumenate
If we have not yet been Baptized then we have a pre-baptismal catechumenate
It is all that formation and training
THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS
Why do we baptize infants?
Because we are fallen
We are born in God’s image and likeness but we also experience the wound of Original Sin and we are under the dominion of darkness
We NEED to be Baptized
We NEED God’s Grace
Paragraph 1250 says, “The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism.”
God’s goodness is such that the sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is revealed in infant Baptism
An infant has done NOTHING to merit this grace
If we were to deny an infant the Grace of becoming a child of God then we would be denying an incredible gift
Paragraph 1252 says, “The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of apostolic preaching, when whole ‘households’ received baptism, infants may also have been baptized.”
The new thing is NOT to Baptize your CHILD
The new thing is WITHHOLDING Baptism from your CHILD
Infant Baptism is incredible and NECESSARY
It is a gratuitous gift of God’s love
We get to praise the Lord that we get to go through this training montage
Where we are formed in the whole Christian life
Post-baptismal catechumenate for those of us who are Baptized
Pre-baptismal catechumenate for those of us who are not yet Baptized
We become more and more the people that God has called us to be
WHAT A GIFT!!
Part of that training is prayer and the reality that we are not alone
We belong to each other as the Body of Christ
As members of the Body of Christ we pray for each other
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!!