By Fr. Frank Timar, M.S.C.
Baptism does more for us than open a door to the other sacraments. Baptism is the beginning of a life-long journey. Jesus bonds with us in a permanent relationship. Yet we must say “yes” to that baptism and begin to live that Sacrament and continue the work of Jesus.
Jesus sometimes prayed all night long. Saying our prayers is important for us too, but there has to be much more to our Christianity. It has to do with our faith. If our faith is only concerned about our eternal salvation and doesn’t change us, then something is missing. If our faith only brings us comfort and consolation, then we are missing the point. Our faith calls us to go to the front lines. Our faith is intended to unsettle us and move us to action. We are called to speak on behalf of life, to seek justice, to work for peace. We may have to change our priorities. Ultimately, it comes down to this: do I hold myself to a higher standard or do I live and make decisions by what the secular society considers “legal?”
When Jesus ascended into heaven to return to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to complete His work, and He asks His followers to be the hands, feet, and the voice through which the Spirit can do that work. But this will never become a reality until we open our hearts to the Spirit. Basically, it means that people should recognize us as followers of Jesus. If we are to make a better world it must begin with us. The very heart of Christian living is the witness of our lives. So, we need to answer a very important and personal question: “How do I measure up as a Christian?”