Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 25 (Morning)
Psalm 9,15 (Evening)
Living the Sacrament of Baptism
In the gospel today, Jesus establishes the importance of baptism. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” How is one born again? Jesus is clearly describing the sacrament of baptism but what does this really mean?
Baptism is much more than a ceremony. The ceremony is symbolic of the inner change. Baptism marks the beginning of a lifetime of striving towards God’s image. We must allow the Spirit to enter our life, take control, and change all that we know. God is forever, knows all, and is in ultimate control. When we accept this and welcome change, amazing things happen. God can be seen working through us. We remain ourselves, but suddenly when we give our lives to God, we have a higher purpose.
Jesus serves as our perfect example for how to live. He experienced the human condition and was tempted in every way, yet He remained without sin (Heb.). We do not deserve eternal life, but by God’s grace and through rebirth we may enter heaven. Baptism serves as this rebirth so that we can live for God and follow his image. As Episcopalians, many of us are baptised as babies, but we accept this rebirth later through Confirmation. Life as a Christian is a constant effort to live for God and be like God. We can never be perfect, but striving for perfection allows the Spirit to not only change our lives, but work through us to change the lives of those around us.
I challenge you to think about your Baptism, your rebirth, and how you can continue what the sacrament started in your own life.
Written by Hadley Thomas
Hadley is currently a biochemistry student at Colorado School of Mines and hopes to attend medical school. She is passionate about her faith and is excited to share her perspective and interpretations with the amazing congregation of Saint Paul’s.