Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
June 3, 2019
Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
Today, in Mercy, Acts gives us a brief lesson on the difference between John’s and Jesus’ baptism. John’s is a baptism of repentance, cleansing and preparing the soul for Christ.
Baptism in Jesus unites us with Christ through the power of the indwelling Spirit. It is a dynamic and life-changing transformation.
But we are often so unaware of its power within us!
We are like the disciples in today’s Gospel. They think that, because they understand Christ’s word, they have it all together. But Jesus warns them:
Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
The distractions of this world can distort and muffle our Baptismal call. Jesus is warning his disciples that it is not easy to live a truly Christian life. Jesus tells them and us to “take courage”, to open our hearts to his power in us. And our Gospel verse from Colossians shows us the way:
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
We are to make the higher choice always:
- mercy over harshness
- justice over retribution
- forgiveness over vengeance
- honesty over pretense
- love over indifference
- service over selfishness
In this way, our Baptismal power will shine, strengthening not only us, but the world we touch.
Music: The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter
Let pray this prayer for one another today, Beloveds. May God strengthen and uplift your hearts in the power of your Baptism.