28 years ago today, my parents made a decision in my name that would forever change me. I was baptized by water in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I was in that moment claimed by God. I became His. (1 Peter 3:20-21)
There were times in my life that I strayed away from Him, like the prodigal son, squandering my inheritance and abandoning my spiritual family, the Church. However, also like the prodigal son, I returned to my Father, and I found Him waiting for me with open and loving arms. 28 years ago today, I was saved. And every moment of every day in which I continue to choose to follow Him and be His child, I renew this salvation... this fullness of life. (Luke 15:11-32)
It is not lost on me, the beauty and honor it is today to celebrate the anniversary of my baptism on the same day in which the Universal Church celebrates the feast of The Baptism of Our Lord.
If you don't know the date of your baptism, I invite and challenge you to find it. There is no greater a thing to celebrate than the day in which we each became His adopted children. Yes, birthdays are special, but they pale in comparison. Other than those for whom life is taken prematurely, everyone was physically born. When you celebrate your physical birth what you're really celebrating is the fact that you are alive. This really isn't sufficient cause for celebration. There are many that live but are dead inside. As far as we know, many will live, and then die, and not "make it to Heaven" for any number of reasons. A life lived without God is actually something quite tragic. Even these tragic cases have birthdays. The real cause for rejoicing is our being REborn through baptism! (John 3:3-5)
I must stop to ask myself:
Through the way that I live my life, do I make it known to others that I am a baptized Christian? Does the way that I live my life bear witness to the power, the beauty and the love of what God has done and is doing in me, beginning at my baptism?
One day I will be in eternity with Him, and all of my brothers and sisters also saved through His grace, and it all started 28 years ago, when my parents relinquished me to Him, and I was baptized by water... in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)