Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Reading Ahead -- Pentecost 6

"Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ were baptized into his death?"

St. Paul asks this question, rhetorically, to the churches in Rome. He seems to think that their answer should be ... "Well yes, we DID know that."

Do YOU know that? Is that what you think about when you attend a baptism, or contemplate your own baptism or that of your children? What does it mean for you to know yourself baptized into that death of Christ on the cross, that death that destroys death, that death that is vindicated and undone by God in his resurrection?

I don't think most parents think that this is what they are doing when they bring a beautiful child to our beautiful font on a beautiful Sunday morning, with friends and family gathered around. Spend some time trying to get your head around this image of being baptized into Christ's death today...

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