When you go to be baptized, do you understand the duty you are committing to? So many people bring their children for baptism thinking they understand the commitment they are bringing their child to, and themselves also, yet have not been to mass for weeks before the baptism. When we live to be disciples, there's a responsibility to take on, not only attending mass every week, but getting in good practise of being faithful in everything we do. How many people do you know will go out for lunch together, and not a single one says grace? Maybe it's a swearing habit, using the Lord's name in vain. What are areas you may not be the most devoted disciple?
Today's First Reading states:'But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can'dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth." And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?" And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azo'tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare'a' (Acts 8:26-40).
In today's reading we hear about the significance of baptism, what it means to dive in and take the plunge of faith. There is so much joy that comes with it. Phillip says "here is water. What is to prevent my baptism",which we can hold to a higher regard. Here I am, living, ready, what can stop me, what should prevent me from being God's disciple? There is so much love and joy with having faith at our centre, we just need to constantly be ready to take the plunge, every day. Take some time to ask God to help you remember your baptismal promises, and be a follower of faith.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online', a prayer to renew baptismal promises:
Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge you as King of the universe. All creation was made for you. Exercise all your sovereign rights over me. I renew my baptismal promises, renouncing Satan and all his works and empty promises, and I promise to lead a good Christian life. I will try to bring about the recognition of the truth of God and your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer all my actions that every human heart may accept your kingship. May the kingdom of your peace be established across the world. Amen.