Baptism, Vocations, and The Call

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This week is National Vocations Awareness Week, and with The Baptism of The Lord we are reminded that we, too, are charged with the mission of spreading the Gospel of Christ.

The baptism given to The Lord, however, was not the Sacrament of Baptism that we know today. On that day, it was John the Baptist who baptized Christ in the River Jordan, but unlike the baptism we know, this baptism was more of a cleansing ritual that prepared the receiver for their “call,” in a manner of speaking. Though there is mystery surrounding the reasons of why Jesus chose to be baptized by John the Baptist, there is no mistaking that His “call” was to be the Savior of The World.

On this great occasion of the Baptism of The Lord, we are introduced to God the Father who spoke, God the Son who was revealed, and God the Holy Spirit who descended upon His Son. The Baptism of the Lord revealed to us the Blessed Trinity. The Sacrament of Baptism today gives to us the Holy Spirit and the “call” to a mission of sharing Christ in our world “in the name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit.”

When we enter the Sanctuary of the church, we remind ourselves of our Baptismal promises. When the minister delivers us our “call” at the end of worship in the words of “Go forth…,” we are reminded of our mission in Christ given to us at Baptism. And, when we pray, speak about Christ, love and experience The Lord, and so much more that we often take for granted as “usual activities of a Christian,” we can reflect and know that this was given us as a Blessing from the Holy Trinity at our Baptism.

As we meditate on the mysteries of the Holy Trinity, and focus our minds and hearts on the call to Christ through church vocations, let us be mindful of our own Call to Christ given at our Baptism.