Monday, April 29, 2013

Baptism Anniversary: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, April 29th, 2013 (Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena)

           Today is a special day in my life as it is the 29th anniversary of my Baptism.  29 years ago the little pagan baby Ben was brought into God’s family.  Growing up, my parents weren’t overly religious, but every year we celebrated our Baptism anniversaries and this has been a day I’ve celebrated ever since.
            Indeed, our Baptisms should be remembered and I encourage those of you with children, or those of you who will be having children, to remember this practice.  It is important to celebrate these important moments in life.  While we don’t celebrate our conceptions (which would be a bit weird), we do celebrate our births.  Yet our Baptism is arguably more important than our births because they are our spiritual birth.
            We continue to read from the book of Acts, where we see the conversion of the multitudes.  These conversions were driven by the desire to have people baptized.  Indeed, the heart of evangelism—the spreading of the Gospel—is to repent and be Baptized.
            In our own lives we probably know people who have not yet been baptized.  How are you proclaiming the Gospel to them?  At the parish level we do this as we typically baptize adults every year at the Easter Vigil and have several baptisms for babies throughout the year.
            We thank God for the great gift of Baptism, and ask for the wisdom to preach the Gospel in our lives that many more will be brought into God’s family.

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