Our parents carried us to Church as we were wrapped in a white blanket. In our white mittens, socks, and clothes, they lighted their candles and prayed over us. Water was poured into our heads while our godfathers and godmothers laid their hands over us. It was our baptism. We were welcomed into the Christian world.
We were all baptized after weeks or months we were born. Of course, we cannot remember what had transpired in our own baptism. We just learned all these things on our Religion classes and from our parents as we grew up. But it is still something worth knowing even after the years of our baptism. Moreover, it is marked important as it served as our gateway to Christianity which ultimately led to our lives being changed forever.
The Sacrament of Baptism started when Jesus himself had his own baptism. The Gospel of Luke recounts that Jesus went to John the Baptist at the Jordan River and asked to receive the baptism from him. Immediately after, while he was praying, “the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” That’s where it all begun. Today, the same Sacrament welcomes us into the bigger family of God.
According to the Catholic Church, the person who is baptized receives a new heart and a new spirit. The old heart of stone and spirit die during the Sacrament of Baptism. The original sin we had from our ancestors Adam and Eve are also forgiven. Likewise, the Book of Prophet Ezekiel states that through baptism, God places His Holy Spirit within the person to help the new heart and the new spirit to remain righteous, obeying His Holy ways. In this way, while we are truly blessed with the abundance of the Lord’s graces, we are also challenged to live a life of holiness according to His will.
The word ‘Baptism’ comes from a Greek word that means to ‘plunge’ or ‘immerse.’ This Christmas, may we plunge into his blessings and joy as we receive the greatest gift we could ever have this season. Let us welcome Jesus Christ in His birth as He also welcomed us into His family when we were baptized. In the same way, may we be baptized again in His name receiving a new heart and a new spirit as we bask in His glory this Christmas.