Baptism

A Child's Baptism on Flickr by Joe Green
Baptism  means being where Jesus is.  It places us in the place of Jesus.  The New Testament makes it clear that one of the most important ways in which this is expressed is through the fact that we pray the prayer of Jesus as we stand in the place of Jesus.  That is, in the Holy Spirit we say, ‘Abba, Father’. Yet where Jesus is, is in itself a many-layered notion.  Jesus is in the presence of God the Father and so when we stand where Jesus is we too...
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Baptism means being where Jesus is. It places us in the place of Jesus. The New Testament makes it clear that one of the most important ways in which this is expressed is through the fact that we pray the prayer of Jesus as we stand in the place of Jesus. That is, in the Holy Spirit we say, ‘Abba, Father’.Yet where Jesus is, is in itself a many-layered notion. Jesus is in the presence of God the Father and so when we stand where Jesus is we too are in that presence and we learn his...
Students and academics will be advancing along their faith journeys over the next few weeks at two Jesuit-led Catholic Chaplaincies.In Oxford, a Don will be one of two people being baptised by Bishop William Kenney CP on Sunday 10 May. The ceremony at the Catholic Chaplaincy in Rose Place will also be the occasion to receive two students into the Catholic Church, who will then - along with the newly-baptised and two other students - receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Kenney who...
A Child's Baptism on Flickr by Joe Green
'Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.'What does it mean to be “baptised in the Holy Spirit”?Well, if you ask a theologian, they’ll tell you that it is just simply what it is to be a Christian – to have one’s entire life imbued with the Holy Spirit not just in the next Life, but in this one – to have the Holy Spirit live...
Detail from a 19th-century carved mother-of-pearl shell which is used in baptisms.
In the baptised we expect to see both an openness to human need and a corresponding openness to the Holy Spirit, a constant recovering, re-enacting of the Father’s embrace of Jesus in the Holy Spirit. The baptised person is not only in the middle of human suffering and muddle but in the middle of the love and delight of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That surely is one of the extraordinary mysteries of being Christian.We are in the middle of two things that seem quite contradictory: in...