BAPTISM OF THE LORD
The sacrament of Baptism is God’s welcoming meal for the newly initiated as they become the children of God. But the meal does not only nourish them; it graces and feeds everyone who participates in this sacramental welcome.
If the baptized ones are infants, later they will need to be told what happened that day. The parents and godparents are charged with the responsibility of bringing the child up in the practice of the faith. Everyone who witnesses the baptism is also called to help the parents and godparents care for the faith of the newly christened. And whether the godparents care for the faith of the newly christened. And whether the initiate is a child or an adult, as Jesus was, all who are present will grow in their own faith as they encourage this new member of the body of Christ.
Deacon Dick Folger