Pick the Lock!

This past month we held a Baptism celebration for one of the families we have known for years. An eight year old boy and his 4 month old brother were going to be baptized together. Before we headed to the church for the ceremony, they joined us in our convent chapel to pray the rosary and Vespers.

As the chapel cleared out, the eight year old walked right up to the tabernacle and hugged it, saying, “God, I don’t want to leave you.” As he pulled back, he noticed the keyhole on the front of the tabernacle and in a panic he said, “God is locked in there! We gotta pick the lock, somebody’s gotta pick the lock!” Luckily we were able to calm him down and assure him that we did in fact have a key, and we explained that once he was baptized, he wouldn’t have to worry about “leaving” God, because he would actually be carrying God with him!

Every year the Church provides Lent as a time of year to grow in the grace of our Baptism. The Catechism states that, “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian Life”. Truly it is the “key” to our life in Christ. Through our Baptism we turn our backs to sin and turn toward Christ; we die to sin and rise in Christ; we are anointed Priest, Prophet and King. At our Baptism we wore a white garment to “put on Christ” and we were given a lighted candle to remind us that the light of faith should always burn brightly in our lives. Baptism gave us our identity as a child of God the Father, redeemed by God the Son, a dwelling for God the Spirit. Truly we become in Baptism “a new creation.” We become a temple of the Holy Trinity.

During Lent we are invited to recall our baptismal identity by returning to the innocence of our baptism by deeper prayer, penance and charity. The Sacrament of Confession is strongly encouraged during Lent because it restores the luster of our original Baptismal purity.

Below are the Baptismal Promises that we will renew in the Easter Liturgy. Praying with these promises is an excellent way to prepare ourselves during these last weeks of Lent. Let us contemplate the “key” to our relationship with God. Baptism and all the Sacraments give us the tools to “pick the lock” to the door between ourselves and God. So gracious is God to provide these instruments of grace. The Father has called us into being and made us a new creation in the waters of Baptism because of His love for us. May we open ourselves to this LOVE that heals, transforms and makes new.

Do you renounce sin, so as to live in the freedom of the children of God? I do.
Do you renounce the lure of evil, so that sin may have no mastery over you? I do.
Do you renounce Satan, the author and prince of sin? I do.
Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth? I do.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do.

And may almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and bestowed on us forgiveness of our sins, keep us by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord, for eternal life. Amen.