Gal 3:22-29

It is true, through faith in Jesus Christ we are all invited to share in the inheritance of the children of God, namely salvation, won for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. When Paul says that there is no longer slave or free, male or female, Jew or Greek, what he is saying is that these distinctions as such are irrelevant when it comes to determining whether or not one is a child of God and heir to the promise of eternal life. Accepting the Gospel and becoming Christian is not dependent upon ones gender, race or status in life. The call is open to all!

The distinction to be made here is that between those who are and are not baptized. In Baptism we become children of God and enter into a whole new relationship with God in such a way that it is unrepeatable. Once we are baptized we cannot be rebaptized! The Catholic Church recognizes the baptism of other Christian denominations provide the intention is to baptize the person in terms of the scriptural understanding of the sacrament and thus does not ‘rebaptize’ Christian converts to Catholicism. The baptism must also be Trinitarian, that is, ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’

All people enter into baptism on the same grounds, namely faith, and then stand as equals before the Father as his children. This means that we should always be working for the breaking down of any barriers between members of our faith so that our unity and witness of faith will truly reflect the unity and oneness of the life of the Trinity into which we are baptized. When a person is baptized as a child, the parents and godparents make a serious promise to attend to the formation of the child being baptized in the ways of the Catholic faith. Baptism is not merely a ritual or photo opportunity or an excuse to have a family get-together or party! It is a celebration of our faith where a child is named for God and the community commits itself to be a living witness of faith for the child so that he/she will grow up knowing what it means to be a Christian.

How faithful am I to living out the true meaning of my baptism? Is my life a good witness of the Christian to life to those around me?

Holy Spirit, grant me the grace and strength to follow your call daily and to always witness that truth to others.