THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT
Today”s gospel: Mark 1:7-11
John the Baptist, in differentiating his ministry with Jesus,
says, “I have baptized you with water; he will baptize
you with the holy Spirit.” (v.8). John’s was a
baptism of repentance. Today, in the Catholic Church, we have
the sacrament of Baptism, usually when we are infants. In
this sacrament we are washed clean of original sin and we
receive the Holy Spirit.
the Holy Spirit empowers us to witness to Jesus. He enables
us to be holy, which becomes our silent witness of life, and
He enables us to become evangelizers, which constitutes our
verbal witness to Jesus. We are graced, and we are empowered.
But how come many adult Catholics are listless in their faith,
and even living lives apart from God, and much less do Catholics
in the sacrament of Baptism, we had adult godparents who responded
on our behalf. Now that is theologically acceptable, but practically
deficient. We ourselves need to respond, with minds that are
clear as to our response. We make a decision, understanding
what that decision entails. Then by the grace of God, we are
able to live up to our decision.
so there is a need for renewal of our baptismal commitments
as adults, and once again to be prayed with for the infilling
of the Holy Spirit. This is what we understand today as baptism
in the Spirit.
this is a critical component in personal renewal in Christ.
Many Catholics have received the sacrament of Baptism and
have been catechized. Many might be good people. But the experience
of baptism in the Spirit is very important, even crucial,
for a Catholic to truly grow in holiness and in being an effective
proclaimer of the gospel.