THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT - 4
Today’s gospel: Mark 1:4-11
A key and crucial element of the New Evangelization is the
so-called baptism in the Holy Spirit. Though as Catholics
we have received the Spirit in the sacraments of Baptism and
Confirmation, there is a need for an adult experience of baptism
in the Spirit. “I have baptized you with water; he will
baptize you with the holy Spirit.” (v.8).
Baptism is basically for the washing away of original sin.
It is “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of
sins.” (v.4). It is a sacrament of regeneration by which
we become members of the body of Christ. Sacramental Confirmation
is intended to enable us to live out our faith and to be witnesses
to Christ. Most are baptized as infants, and confirmed when
they reach seven years or older. Infants cannot decide for
themselves, and so they have godparents. Older children or
young teenagers may not really understand what they are called
to in Confirmation. The reality is that many Catholics fall
away from the faith when they become adults.
so lapsed Catholics need to meet Christ anew, repent of their
sins, reject Satan, and basically renew their baptismal commitment.
They then more knowingly start to live Christ. But they also
need to share Christ. This should be the effect of Confirmation,
where they become soldiers of Christ. But it did not happen.
Now, as adults, making a conscious decision, they can become
bold witnesses to Christ.
thus need a renewed infilling of the Holy Spirit, to enable
them to have a renewed outpouring of the Spirit in their lives.
This experience happens through the baptism in the Holy Spirit.