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August 2, 2020
Today we celebrate the baptism of our grandson Sean William Kendrigan. How many of you remember your baptism? Not many of us do. For me it is the most powerful sacrament in the church. I become emotional every time I see parents and sponsors present their children for baptism. The promises made on their behalf are powerful. Let us take the time today to remember our own baptism. In water and the word God acts in our lives, adopting us and incorporating us into the family. In that instant, once and for all something wonderful happens and will always happen in our lives – even if we are too young or too spiritually immature to know. Amidst the presents and cards and cake and photos, one gift comes that nobody witnesses with their senses. I doubt anyone felt a rush of wings or saw a dove descending, but the gift came nonetheless. In the instant of baptism, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and promise that the Spirit walks with us into eternity. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! Our baptism calls us to be good stewards of God’s blessings. God calls us to be disciples of God’s Son Jesus and good stewards of God’s many gifts. Live generously! Thank you for your gifts.