A small building next to the Duomo in Florence, Italy, becomes more beautiful than the cathedral itself when you consider what goes on inside. Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, realized this many years ago when visiting the baptistery, the smaller, granite-clad building across the street. Here in the baptismal water, people began their journey to Christ’s embrace and the Kingdom of God. The one rite shared by Christian churches around the world, baptism as we know it began with the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated today. “The Christ who came on Christmas is now the Christ who plunges himself in the saving waters of the world,” says Fr. Steven. Water cleanses us and is the building block of our lives. “How beautiful that God infuses sacramental grace in something meaningful to all of us,” he adds. “This allows our hearts to speak to Him in love. He who is the living water.” Take a pilgrimage to the place of your baptism, in person, through photos, a virtual internet journey or in your imagination. Remember your first step in a “magnificent love affair“, a journey that ends in eternal life. Not baptized? Click on the video above or here to learn more from Fr. Steven’s full homily, January 11, 2015.
Have your child baptized.