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Father Peet discusses Baptism
What is the heart of God for mankind? Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Later in that same Gospel he prays over Jerusalem and expresses his great longing, “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” It seems clear that the heart of God for mankind is that we would come to him. He calls us to come and be reconciled to him and yet because of our brokenness in sin, we do the opposite. The good news is, however, that God does not leave us in our sin and isolation, but he has made a way for us to come to him and that’s through the work of his son, Jesus, upon the cross. Jesus, the only begotten son of God, was fully alienated from his father on the cross in order that we who were alienated in our sin could be welcomed in and born again and made children of God. As Saint Paul wrote, “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
The Covenant of Baptism
This is the heart of God for all men, women, and children, and Jesus ordained that we mark this grace of God through the visible sign of baptism by water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through baptism we are united with Jesus’ death and we join with him in his resurrection. We are given the gift of forgiveness for our sins and new birth to eternal life. These are the exciting truths that are about to become especially vivid and real as you come to this glorious sacrament as one being baptized, a parent, or a Godparent. God is acting. He is calling you to come to him. He is gathering you to himself. That is, after all, his heart.