Sanctified, Justified and Glorified in Christ

FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Is.42:1-4.6-7/Ps.28:1-4.9-10/Acts 10:34-28/Matt.3:13-17


Sanctified, Justified and Glorified in Christ


The Baptism of Christ depicts for us the divine configuration, which takes place in our mortal body at Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. At our baptism, the Father washes us from the stain of Original Sin, anoints us with the Holy Spirit, makes us members of the Mystical Body of Christ and claims us as his first-born sons and daughters. Put simply, through baptism in Christ, God calls us, by his predestined plan; he justifies, and glorifies us to share in the divine nature, substance, mission and destiny of his only Begotten Son (Rom.8:30). Through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we become priests, prophets and kings in Christ to fulfill what the Lord in Isaiah prophesied and was fulfilled in Christ (Is.61:1; Lk 4:18).


At Confirmation, the Holy Spirit descends upon us; it sets us apart for membership in the new priesthood of Christ. St. Peter opined the Sacraments of Initiation are acts of consecration. At every stage of our initiation, God withdraws us from the darkness of sin; he makes us a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation and he sets apart to sing his praises (1Pet.2:9). That was what the Father did with the Son. Shortly after his Baptism and Confirmation; the Father lured Christ into the wilderness; he prepared him to become an eternal Eucharistic covenant between God and humankind.


Christ was born like all men but without sin. He never needed a baptism. Yet he chose to be baptised “to make the water holy, and by his cleansing to purify the waters which he touched. For the consecration of Christ involves a more significant consecration of the water,” according to St. Maximus of Turin. Put differently, Through his baptism, Christ became for all generations a model of rebirth by water and the Spirit. Thus, in his baptism and his public ministry, Christ taught us what it means to be a child of God.


God calls us to be his children and his witnesses. We live in the world, but we are no longer of the world. Christ is our destiny. In Christ, God is justifying and glorifying us; we have a share in his divine nature and substance. Yes! As we share in the mystery of his baptism, we become heirs of God and coheirs with Christ.


O God, by the grace of your baptism, keep us always sanctified and justified.

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