January 12, 2020
The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus reminds us of the infinite grace we receive during baptism when the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. It is a sanctifying grace. By becoming aware of Him and spending time with Him, we can let Him begin to inspire and transform our lives.
- John the Baptist’s role was to make the people aware of their sins and their need for conversion and repentance.
- Baptism frees us from original sin, but it doesn’t free us from all the consequences of original sin. The consequence is called concupiscence, which is an inclination and tendency to evil and sin.
- The great mystery is that the Holy Spirit came down into our souls during our baptism and dwells within us. That is why scripture talks about Christians being temples of the Holy Spirit.
- We are given a new heart and a new spirit at Baptism. But we have to dig deep within ourselves to find this mystery so the living waters of the Holy Spirit can flow.
- In mortal sin, we reject the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is why mortal sin is so serious.
- Developing a friendship with the Holy Spirit inspire us, strengthens us and transforms us. This is what we see in the lives of the saints.
Baptism frees us from sin, but not from the consequences of original sin. There is an evil tendency, pulling us down, but the mystery is that at Baptism, the Holy Spirit entered deep into our soul. All we have to do is turn to the Holy Spirit.
So, Baptism places within us an infinite potential, the mystery of the Holy Spirit in us, an infinite potential. But the Holy Spirit depends on our cooperation. The Holy Spirit coming to dwell within us, is sanctifying grace, and by becoming aware of Him and spending time with Him, we can let Him begin to inspire and transform our life.