09 December 2010
It struck me...
...in the middle of the homily last evening how powerful it is that the Catechism puts the benefits of Baptism, not in the past tense, but in the present. The question: "What benefits does Baptism give?" is present. And each of the benefits' verbs is also present: "it works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this as the words and promises of God declare." For many years, I've taught toward saying: "I am baptized" (not WAS baptized) and yet never noticed how the Catechism's present tense underscores that. Baptism - the gift that keeps on giving!
Posted by William Weedon at 7:15 AM