Saturday, June 15, 2013

Do we really believe it

In today's first reading we hear,

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God

Every time we celebrate the Rite of Baptism we quote this passage from St. Paul as we bless the baptismal garment. But then do we raise that child to understand who that new creation is, what it means to say they are by grace re-created?

Do we look in the mirror and see the new creation we became when we were baptized into Christ, or do we choose to see the faults, the flaws, the imperfections? And yes, it is a choice. It is a choice that then shapes our behavior. We live up or down to who we believe we really are.

Imagine how you might behave today if you could truly embrace on a minute to minute basis your identity as a new creation in Christ.