Saturday St. John's will be filled with people coming to witness seven people ordained as priests of the Church. I'm sure as always it will be a glorious day. What we celebrate is people being called to live into their vocation to become more of who they are being called to be as Christians.
Yet what we are going to do the next day is more profound -- indeed the foundation of what will happen Saturday. On Sunday morning we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and we will all stand and renew the vows of our own baptism. Sunday what we will say is that we follow Jesus through the baptismal water to accept our own vocation, maybe not as ordained people, but as Christians, as people who carry out the vocation Jesus began on the day of his baptism.
When we renew in our hearts and minds our own baptism, we say yes to Jesus' invitation to live his life in the world; yes to being transformed into who we were each uniquely created to be; yes to accepting our identity as God's beloved -- that's who you are: born again, forgiven, beloved, a child of God. We can't be sure where each of our vocations in Christ will take us, but as the First Letter of John (3:2) tells us: "Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is." -- That's something to celebrate.
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