THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT - 5
Today’s reading: Acts 11:1-18
“John baptized with water but you will be baptized with
the holy Spirit.” (v.16b). John’s was a baptism
of repentance. Jesus’ is about life-giving repentance
and infilling by the Spirit.
become Christian by virtue of sacramental Baptism, usually
as infants. Here our original sin is washed away by water,
and we are filled with the Spirit. But many Catholics, even
after the sacrament of Confirmation, subsequently live lives
apart from God. They need to be re-evangelized, renew their
baptismal commitment, and once again be baptized in the Holy
original evangelization was for pagans. The New Evangelization
is for baptized pagans, those Catholics who are nominal or
non-practicing. As they repent, they once again receive the
infilling of the Spirit, no longer through the waters of sacramental
Baptism, but through prayer with the laying on of hands.
baptism in the Spirit is crucial to the New Evangelization,
to impart Pentecost power on God’s people, so that they
will be witnesses to the ends of the earth.