Monday, April 28, 2008

What I learned from Father's homily...

I don't mean this in a "I'm so smart that I rarely hear something entirely new during a homily"'s more of a 1)I don't often get to hear a homily uninterrupted, and 2)I read all the time, so I've usually at least come in contact with an idea before.

So, Father preached about the first reading yesterday, from the Acts of the Apostles. The reading talks about how the people had only been baptised in the name of Jesus, and then Peter and John (I think it was John anyway) came and laid hands upon them and the people received the Holy Spirit. Father talked about how the reading discussed two sacraments (baptism and confirmation), and asked us about the different types of baptism discussed in the Bible.

There are three, but at the time of the reading from Acts, they did not yet understand Baptism of the Holy Spirit. So, what are the other two? Well, he explained that there was John's baptism, and then there was the baptism that Jesus commanded (baptise all nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit).

John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. Jesus's baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit was different. So the Jews at the point of Acts knew of two baptisms...the baptism of repentance and the baptism that Jesus commanded. Therefore, when the reading said that they had only been baptised in the name of Jesus, it is not saying that they literally were baptised only in the name of Jesus, but instead were baptised the way Jesus commanded, and had not received the baptism of repentance from John.

I just thought the whole concept was very interesting, and not something I had ever contemplated before!


Whimsy said...

I learned something new last week.

Have you ever thought, "Wow, what would it have been like to have known Jesus when he was walking on Earth?"

Now, think of the Emmeaus Road story. The disciples did not recognize our Risen Lord in the familiar way, but in the breaking of the bread. So, to be in union with Christ spritually is to know him in a way that is intimate than to know Him walking on Earth.

I'd never thought of it that way before, and it made sense to me at once.

Christine said...

That is really cool, thanks for sharing. Isn't nice to hear a homily all by yourself. I have to figure out how to get my focus back though, even when I don't have the kids I find myself so distracted.