Saturday, July 20, 2013

Seven more for the Kingdom of God

I had the great grace of celebrating the monthly infant baptisms today at our parish, Sacred Heart in Lancaster, CA. I an happy to report that there are now seven new new members of the body of Christ--members who bring with them the innocence, hope and joy that come with childhood.

Now, at first glance seven little ones being baptized doesn't seem like a very newsworthy event. When we talk or write about 'events' in the Church we tend to focus on the comings and goings of the Holy Father, things said and done by the cardinals, gossip from the Roman curia, etc. Seven baptisms in a parish in the middle of the Mojave desert doesn't seem like a big deal.

It just goes to show how far we are away from God's way of seeing.

All of the various goings-on in the Church are interesting, yet the scriptures say that the holy angels rejoice over the salvation of human souls (Lk.15:10). Jesus rebukes the disciples for not recognizing the value of little children (Mk. 10:13-16) and he insists that it is even with the least of disciples that the forces and powers of the heavenly kingdom are most concerned:
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." (Mt. 18:10)
So, let us rejoice with the angels and the saints in paradise! Seven new souls have begun their relationship with God, have been joined to Christ Jesus, have been filled with the Holy Spirit!

In the order of grace, this is the very definition of big news.

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