On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we can take time to think of our own Baptism, and how it affects our life.
One example that is commonly used is that of chocolate milk. Our gift of life is like milk in a glass. When we are baptized, it is as though a squirt of chocolate syrup is added to the milk. If nothing more is done, the syrup settles at the bottom of the glass, and onlookers only see white milk. Sadly, many Christians allow the Graces of Baptism to settle at the bottom of their souls, remaining unnoticeable to others. When someone takes a spoon and stirs, the syrup mixes into the milk so that it is obviously now a glass a chocolate milk. When people ask God to stir up the Graces of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, the fruits of the Spirit begin to become noticeable by others; namely, peace, love and joy.
This week, let us not settle for any unstirred Grace in our souls. Let us pray to God for a new ‘stirring up’ of Baptismal Grace to make us more Christ-like every day. Often Retreats, Alpha, Life in the Spirit Seminars and Cursillo weekends can help the cause.
May all of us at St. Maurice Parish have at least one moment in our lives when we come to know how amazing and transformative God’s Grace in Baptism really is. So again I ask: Chocolate milk, anyone?