A series on preparing with penance to renew our baptismal call
Part 3: Freedom through the Waters
The crossing of the Red Sea, literally the liberation of Israel from the slavery of Egypt, announces the liberation wrought by Baptism: You freed the children of Abraham from the slavery of Pharaoh, bringing them dry-shod through the waters of the Red Sea, to be an image of the people set free in Baptism. (from Easter Vigil Blessing of Water) …Baptism is prefigured in the crossing of the Jordan River by which the People of God received the gift of the land promised to Abraham’s descendants, an image of eternal life. The promise of this blessed inheritance is fulfilled in the New Covenant.
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1221-22
As we continue on the journey of Lent toward the renewal of our baptismal promises at Easter, the Old Testament images above can speak to us powerfully. God’s people were on a journey as they were led through the waters of sea and the river to freedom and a promised land.
What greater freedom to live out our mission as disciples does God want to give to us individually this Lent and Easter? What similar graces does he want to give to us as a parish community as we seek to become more the missionary disciples Pope Francis has been asking us to become?
On the Lenten road,
Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J.