Cardinal's Network Archive
Monday, September 14, 2009
Who we are related to tells us and the world who we are. We are all related in the human family. We are more closely related to those who gave us the gift of life in our particular families.
I don’t often baptize babies, unfortunately, but when I do I always explain that the baptized child is changed by a new relationship. The baby is carried into the Church as a creature of God, made in his image and likeness. That is why all life is sacred; it’s a gift from God through human parents. But when the baby is carried out of the Church, he or she is not just a creature of God but also a son or daughter of God, a brother or sister of Jesus Christ. New life means a new relationship. The life of divine grace unites all the baptized in the body of Christ himself. The child has been reborn, as St. John’s Gospel has the Lord himself talk about the life we have in him and together with each other in the Church. New life is a gift from God through Jesus Christ, redeemer of the world.
It takes a lifetime to grow into the relationships we’re given when born and reborn.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI