Thought of the Day September 29, 2016

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"When Jesus appears for the last time to his disciples, he sends them out into the world saying: 'Go, ... make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' (Matthew 28:19).Jesus offers us baptism as the way to enter into communion with God, Father, Son, and Spirit, and to live our lives as God's beloved children. Through baptism we say no to the world. We declare that we no longer want to remain children of the darkness but want to become children of the light, God's children. We do not want to escape the world, but we want to live in it without belonging to it. That is what baptism enables us to do." (Henri Nouwen) How conscious are we of our baptism? Do we know and celebrate the date as our spiritual rebirth day? Are we truly seeking to live as children of the light in communion with God throughout our day? Do our actions and thoughts reflect this reality? The graces of baptism are available to us throughout our life, if we but ask for them, especially during the times darkness wants to overshadow us. We are sons and daughters of God. This is our truest identity. It is not based on anything we do or did. It is the permanent gift God endows us with at the time we were immersed in the death and resurrection of Jesus in the waters of baptism. All we have to do is live in that reality in the freedom of the Spirit.

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