What is Your Deepest Desire?
What do you desire the most? Is it fame and fortune, a big family, a fancy car? What do you hold in your heart and yearn for the most? This deepest desire showcases who a person is in some cases, viewing who they are by what they love. Remember how when we are baptized, we are brought into a faith that is lasting, to be represented by us and those around us throughout our entire lives. The priest will say upon baptizing the child (or something along these lines): "My dear friends, N. has been reborn in baptism. He/she is now called a child of God, for so indeed he/she is. In confirmation he/she will receive the fullness of God’s Spirit. In holy communion, he/she will share in the banquet of Christ’s sacrifice, calling God his/her Father in the midst of the Church". Rebirth through Christ in baptism, receiving of God's Spirit, and sharing in Christ's sacrifice and the communion of the Church. These are the key things we should recall every time we go to mass, when we pray and every day we are living as children of God.
Today's First Reading states:'"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not' (Isaiah 58:6-11).
How do we represent our faith and reveal the sacraments to those around us, especially those of little faith? Do we uphold our baptismal promises? The last line of this reading strikes me the most, that God guides us continually, and satisfies our desires, like a spring of water. As we are baptized with water, so we are called to confirm our faith, baptizing and renewing our promises at baptism to be people of God and show the love of Christ through making sacrifices out of love for others. What do you desire and does that desire hold to your promises to God, and lovingly represent the Catholic Church?
Today's prayer comes from 'CatholicOnline' a renewal prayer of Baptismal Promises:
O my Lord and my God, I humbly prostrate in spirit before Thy Divine Majesty, I adore Thy sovereign justice and Thine infinite mercy. I am penetrated with fear at the consideration of Thine awful judgments, and my great ingratitude for Thy benefits, since I was ranked by baptism among Thy children, raised to the glorious dignity of a Christian and thus entitled to enjoy Thee eternally in heaven. I was not then conscious of the precious grace bestowed upon me, nor of the awful obligations I contracted when I promised to renounce the devil, the world, and the flesh. But I am now fully conscious of both; I most humbly thank Thee for having brought me safely to the waters of baptism, and I detest, from the bottom of my heart, every thought, word and action of my life which has been unworthy of a Christian. Thou knowest, O my God, how often I have stained the robe of innocence with which I was then clothed, and how frequently I have violated my sacred promises; but Thou seest the contrition of my heart, and the sincerity with which I now renew, in the presence of heaven and earth, my profession of faith in the doctrines proposed to my belief by the Holy Catholic Church; as well as the promises made for me when I was regenerated in the waters of baptism. I firmly believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, Who was born and suffered for us; in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the Resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. I renounce the world, with its pomps, vanities, and false maxims, which I despise because they are accursed by Thee. I renounce the flesh, with all its temptations, and sincerely resolve to endeavour to amend my faults, to conquer my passions, and to sacrifice all that is most dear to me rather than again deliberately sully that robe which I promised to carry unstained before the judgment seat of Christ. O my good God, Who didst love me before I could love Thee, and didst apply to my soul the merits, of Jesus Christwhen I was unable to implore that favour, look on me with compassion, and grant me all those graces, which willenable me to keep my baptismal engagement without reproof. Increase in my soul the heavenly virtues of faith, hope and charity, which I received at baptism, and teach me to make faith the rule of my conduct, that it may avail me to life everlasting; through the infinite mercies and merits of my Lordand Saviour Jesus Christ, Who, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.