As traditions go, baptism is pretty straight forward. And just like everything else, we often lose track of the point: God.
God, grace, and seeing baptism again for the first time
Epiphany 1A | Matthew 3:13-17
That’s a weird story, isn’t it? Some weirdo in camel’s hair is dunking people in the river and the guy a lot of us think is the son of God walks up and is like I’ll take some of that! Then the sky opens up, the Holy Spirit comes down like a dove, and a big voice out of nowhere speaks:
‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’
And so every time someone comes up to me asking to be baptized, I think “I hope they won’t be disappointed.”
Or maybe we need skylight. Maybe that’s the problem. The Spirit’s blocked by the roof. It’s probably the slate covering it. Now, if it were shingles…
But here’s this thing the church does because Jesus did. And we are just not always on the same page…
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