The readings this Sunday and the gospel of Luke do not so much focus on baptism as a sacrament itself, but rather the effects and results. Luke and the associated readings seem to be about purpose and mission. This is at once prophetic, filial, and creation/covenant related. Certainly grace and mercy answer our own questions and anxieties. The challenging aspects are to discover how the children of God in sacramental and ecclesial relationship witness and apply God’s mercy and grace to the world today.
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