Baptism - the sacrament that initiates us into the Life of God; the sacrament that adopts us as His sons and daughters distinguished as rightful heirs to Heaven; the sacrament that “supersizes” our soul forever to a capacity for living in supernatural ways – -- let us be thankful for Baptism! In the beginning, God created us to share His Goodness and invite us to a relationship of love with Him. Adam and Eve rejected the relationship. In the intensity of His love, God reached out to us again with a promise to redeem the loss. He did it awesomely: in the fullness of time, He Himself entered the world He had created – on human terms. In the person of Jesus Christ, God-made-man, God extended to us again an unmistakable and enduring invitation to a relationship of love with Him. When Jesus gave us Baptism, it was the relationship-restoring gift. Now each of us is in the place that Adam was: we can accept or reject God’s offer to live in a relationship of love with Him. For Baptism enlarges our human soul to accommodate superhuman Life, God’s divine Life. Baptism gives us the potential to live supernaturally, and, like Adam, we are free to do so or not. Living supernaturally is “living large,” that is, above our own human nature. Through Baptism, we gain the extraordinary power to share out to others, at will, God’s love and goodness from within our own selves, for He is living in us. Jesus urges us to do this whether others deserve it or not, just as God does. “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) “Love one another; do good to those who hate you” (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27, John 13:34, Eph. 4:32) ALL who are baptized have the ability to relate to others in this way, and activating that baptismal gift propagates the kingdom of God in our world. Divine, the gift is inexhaustible; to share it, God-like.
Some share what Baptism gave them through a systematic approach, as Catechists. “Go, teach all nations all that I have commanded you … Catechists help others to find God, come to God, and learn how they can live in His Goodness and Love. “… baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).” Catechists have a special relationship to the Church, as theirs is an ecclesiastical science concerned with practical teaching that gives formation in the way of life that leads to God both on earth and after death. Some Catholics who want to lend themselves to teaching the Word of God think, at first glance, “I couldn’t do that”; but most of these actually can. Most Catholics who are ready, willing and able to take the necessary training can catechize others, for -- Catechists are made, not born! “Whosoever shall do [i.e., keep the law and the prophets] and teach shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:19)
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