you are God’s child, the beloved

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Jesus was baptized by John in the River Jordan.

As Jesus rose out of the water, the voice of God boomed through the cosmos saying, “You are my son, the beloved. With you I am well pleased.”

Our own baptismal covenant compels is to live into the Christian life – the baptized life. Each time someone else is brought into our community to be baptized, we all are confronted again with these promises. Let us dwell on these baptismal promises for a few moments.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

Recall your church community, where the teaching of the apostles is sought, where we gather to pray, and where we are fed at God’s table.

How have you fulfilled this promise?

How might you better steep yourself in prayer, the Gospel, and the Eucharistic meal?

How might you be more diligent in worship and prayer?

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

Recall the evil that you’ve encountered around you, and within you.

Bring to mind the sin you’ve fallen into, which has hurt God, people you love, people you don’t even know, and yourself. Offer to God a sincere heart, ask for forgiveness, and pledge to return to God with all you are.

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

In Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, he brought God’s Good News to the whole world.

Recall how you make this Good News known in word; in what you say.

Recall how you make this Good News known in deed; in how you live your life.

Consider how you might better make this Good News known to a world which so desperately needs it.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

Where do you see Christ around you?

Who is it easy to see Christ in? Give thanks for them.

Who is it hard for you to see Christ in?

Pray that God may open your heart and eyes to see Christ in all people, regardless of who they are, how they have hurt you, or how they offend you.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

Every person is made in the image of God, and how we treat them, is how we treat the image of God.

Who in this world needs justice?

Who in this world needs peace?

Who in this world needs to be treated with dignity?

Consider how you might strive for these things; for these people.

Now, you, beloved child of God – washed in the waters of baptism – know in your heart, mind, and soul how you please God, not just when you succeed in fulfilling your baptismal promises, but even when you fail.

You are beloved of God, and with you God is well pleased.

Let the knowledge of this great love be your inspiration to live more fully into the life of Christ every day.

And, let us pray,

Our Father…

The Author

follower of Jesus, father of two, husband of one, Episcopal priest, with one book down, one blog up...surrounded by empty jars of nutella