A series on preparing with penance to renew our baptismal call
Part 4: Baptized Disciples
All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan. After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20)
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1223
Once again our reflections here on Lent and preparing to renew our baptismal promises at Easter tie in with all that we recently heard from Pope Francis on being a Church of missionary disciples. Baptism is for mission. Jesus himself was baptized by John before beginning his public mission. Our call as baptized people is to go make disciples of others…
Which reminds us of another point. For someone to truly open him or her self fully to the grace given in the sacrament of baptism, one needs to be a disciple. A disciple is one who has encountered Jesus in a personal way and has made a conscious and free decision to follow, learn from, and have his or her transformed by him.
Even if you received baptism a long time ago…is Jesus perhaps inviting you to say yes to being his disciple this Lent in a new way, so that the renewal of your baptismal promised at Easter means more than it ever has before?
On the Lenten road,
Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J.