The Baptismal font has been called the ‘Womb of the Church.’  Each person who enters the church, who is born into the church, who is born into new life, does so through the maternal gate of the font.  It is wondrous to contemplate the words of God the Father we hear in the Gospel and know they apply to each of us.  From the moment we emerge from the font, from the moment the water has been poured over our heads, we are God’s beloved sons and daughters.  We are made one with Jesus and share in His divine sonship.  Not male or female, but as the beloved of the Lord.  So, united with each other and with Jesus we are responsible for one another; we are expected, by the Father, to treat each other as we would want to be treated ourselves. Let us renew our Baptismal life and freedom today and as we do so let us also reclaim our right to be the beloved of God by starting this New Year with a new determination to live as He calls us live.   The Baptismal font has been called the ‘Womb of the Church.’  Each person who enters the church, who is born into the church, who is born into new life, does so through the maternal gate of the font.  It is wondrous to contemplate the words of God the Father we hear in the Gospel and know they apply to each of us.  From the moment we emerge from the font, from the moment the water has been poured over our heads, we are God’s beloved sons and daughters.  We are made one with Jesus and share in His divine sonship.  Not male or female, but as the beloved of the Lord.  So, united with each other and with Jesus we are responsible for one another; we are expected, by the Father, to treat each other as we would want to be treated ourselves. Let us renew our Baptismal life and freedom today and as we do so let us also reclaim our right to be the beloved of God by starting this New Year with a new determination to live as He calls us live.

… I have called you by your name!