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<< Thursday, August 7, 2003 >> Pope St. Sixtus II
& St. Cajetan

Numbers 20:1-13
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Psalm 95 Matthew 16:13-23
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"Water gushed out in abundance for the community." —Numbers 20:11

Our baptismal day is the most important day of our lives. At Baptism, we become new creations of God and sharers in the divine nature (2 Pt 1:4) by being baptized into Jesus and especially into His death and resurrection (Rm 6:3ff). At Baptism, we were adopted as sons and daughters of God the Father. We were redeemed by Christ, and our bodies became temples of the Holy Spirit. Through Baptism, we share in Christ as Priest, Prophet, and King. We become holy, royal priests (1 Pt 2:9) and members of the body of Christ, the Church (1 Cor 12:13). At Baptism, the Holy Trinity begins to live within us and we within them.

Thus, the waters of Baptism are the most important waters of all. They are more important than oceans and rivers. They are even more important than the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the Red Sea.

However, the waters of Baptism can become the waters of Meribah, that is, waters of contention (see Nm 20:13). If we do not live our Baptisms faithfully, we are in a worse condition than the unbaptized (see 2 Pt 2:20-21). Live your Baptism in holy, joyful faithfulness.

Prayer: Father, may I live my Baptism better this month than ever before.
Promise: "I for My part declare to you, you are 'Rock,' and on this rock I will build My church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven." —Mt 16:18-19
Praise: Pope St. Sixtus II offered himself to the executioner to prevent the arrest of his congregation.
(For a related teaching, order our tape Baptism on audio AV 47A-1 or video V-47A.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, February 27, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2003
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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