Saturday, March 15, 2014

BAPTISM

I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
     when I have learned your just ordinances.
                                                     --Psalm 119:7

I set my alarm for 6:00 this morning so I would have time to have breakfast, reflect on Scripture, journal, and practice my French horn before I left for a Baptism.  I had also set my phone to go off at 7 and 8 so I would stay on task and get out the door in time to drive down to the church.  Instead, I slept through all three alarms, woke at 8:30, and had to really rush to get there in time.  It was the first time I had been to this parish since my husband died, but I was thankful that I made it, the family of the baby girl coming into the Church seemed delighted that I was there, and I had the chance to talk to many friends at the reception whom I hadn't seen since the funeral.  

In addition, the priest who baptized baby Minh has been a friend of ours since before he was ordained, and he had come back from studying for his doctorate at Notre Dame to officiate at the Baptism.  His homily on why we baptize babies was beautifully thought out, particularly since he is a convert from a faith that baptizes when one is older.  His comparison of the freedom the world proposes, where the more choices one has, the freer one is, to the freedom of being set on the path to Truth at the beginning of your life, was succinct.  He illustrated his point with the image of driving into a traffic circle, and once you take a turn off it, you are now limited in what direction you can go, so that if you choose the freedom of the world, it would seem that the greatest freedom would be to keep going around in circles forever!

Little Minh has been set on the path by her parents to begin learning the just ordinances of God, and to pursue her Savior, who is the Way and the Truth and the Life.

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