If we were baptized as infants, we may not remember our baptism, but we know it changed us and we became Children of God. We were given the gift of faith and our parents and godparents were given the responsibility for nourishing the faith we were born into. The same experience that Jesus experienced at his baptism, we also received at ours. We became beloved sons and daughters of the Father and his favour rests on us.
Our baptism reminds us of our first vocation, to become holy, to become saints. We do this by practicing and by being nourished by our Catholic faith through word and sacrament.
Holiness is not the most popular vocation because of our human nature (Titus 2:11-14), but it is the universal call to become like the Father, to become perfect (Mt 5:48) and become Jesus’ disciples.
Life is full of temptations, struggles and weaknesses, good versus evil, our personal “agony in the garden.” There is no holiness without the Cross and Jesus Christ crucified.
Simply put, remember the Cross and you will continually remember your first vocation, to become holy and to become saints and to take others with you to heaven.
Kind regards and God bless
Father Eamon Kennedy
7th January 2013