People join clubs, fraternities and organizations, each with their respective rituals of initiation.
Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Those who approached John the Baptist were seeking repentance for their sins but that was not the case for Jesus. Jesus was without sin. Jesus was inviting us to follow his actions which would allow us to share in the relationship that he had with the Father.
Upon entering a church, we dip our finger into the holy water and bless ourselves, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The next time you do this, do it slower and with more intention. Think of your Baptism … and the gifts of Jesus and the Holy Spirt in your life.
May you feel assured each and every day that God is at your side and that we are His beloved sons and daughters.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!