Monday of the 7th Week of Easter
May 25, 2020
Ps 68:2-7ab (with 33a)
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
They answered him,
“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
He said, “How were you baptized?”
They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.”
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
Today’s Readings are very important to understand the layers of Christian Baptism. The meaning of Baptism is to getting united to Jesus in his Body, mind and Spirit. When we unite with Jesus , we are united to the Father, and the Father starts loving us in the power of the Holy-spirit. In Baptism we must have the Experience of the Holy Trinity. In case if we are Baptized in a ritualistic Baptism by pouring water on our head and anointing the oil but no changes in our lives or receive any Spiritual gifts or fruits then I doubt if the Holy Trinity lives in us.
If we see ritualistic Christians around the World bear the Christian name but live like any other Worldly person , breaking all the Ten Commandments of God and indulging in all the Mortal Sins. These people though received Baptism in the Name of Jesus but in reality, no experience of Jesus or the Holy trinity in their life. They may attend all Sacraments but they do not have the Experience of God in their life.
In the absence of Baptismal Experience all the other sacraments do not have any Christian value including Eucharist and Marriage , and become like any other routine or ritual of this World. Most of these people Work for the World , collecting and adding more in to their Bank Balances and giving more higher education to their Children and want to act like Elite Christians in this World.
The Spirit of God is completely missing in their life and the Prosperity achieved is not from God but from the World. These Worldly people remain in this World and can not unite with God after death because they were not united with the Spirit of God on this Earth.
The signs of Baptism are repentance, Empowerment and Witness.
- Repentance : The time a person encounters the truth of life in person of Jesus or the virtue of Jesus , they repent for past and present life and decide to change themselves with a firm decision to change their life to the Values of truth . If they have cheated or hurt anyone or pay back , they reconcile for their action with God and one another.This is a simple meaning of practical repentance. If our repentance is genuine , the Father’s love pours in to our heart automatically and we experience the power from above the Holy-spirit.
- Empowerment : The Baptism empowers us with a supernatural power from above. The signs of empowerment defers from one person to the other , some people become very loving , charitable, meek,gentle and humble , Some people become Charismatic or empowered with Supernatural gifts of tongues, Prophesy, vision so on. When we are empowered with these gifts and fruits of the Spirit , we automatically start testifying the Spirit of truth and become witness to the Spirit of truth.
- Witness: Witnessing to Jesus or to the Spirit of truth is a supernatural attitude against the vices of the Evil and the materialistic World. This attitude makes us Christians or followers of Christ and followers of the Spirit of truth. When we witness Christ , we can call ourselves as true Christians . The Holy-spirit empowers us and testifies on our behalf in every area of our life. The signs and wonders, and miracles follow our life. It is in witnessing that we live a real Christian life on this Earth.
When we experience all the three experiences of Baptism in our life , We can call ourselves as Baptized Christians in the Name of the Father, Son and the Holy-spirit. In true Baptism we can conquer the World, Flesh and the vices of the Evil.
Let us reflect upon our lives where we stand in these experiences of Baptism or we do not have any experiences at all. It is not too late , let us sit quietly and pray following prayer from our hearts inviting Jesus to save us from the Evil World.
Lord Jesus I invite you in to my life , I am lost in the rate race of this World and can not see you as you are , come in to my life and save me from the rut of Sin , World and Devil. Save me from the addiction of Sin and the Materialistic World. Some times I think I do not have any Sin but I can not experience you in my life. Almighty father draw your Son Jesus in to my life. I need the Holy spirit , the love of the father in my life. I surrender my entire life in to your hands and believe that you have died for my sins and resurrected to give me the Eternal life. I want that eternal abundant life of the Father and Holy-spirit in my life. Anoint me with the gift of Baptism the repentance , Empowerment and Witness. Thank you Jesus for listening my humble Prayer. Amen.