Pope Francis on Wednesday reflected on the great gift we received when we were baptized.
to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General
Audience, the Pope began a series of catecheses on the Sacraments,
starting with Baptism.
said that the Second Vatican Council tells us that the Church herself
is a “Sacrament”, a grace-filled sign which makes Christ’s saving work
present in history, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
speaking of Baptism, the first of the Church’s seven Sacraments, Pope
Francis said “it gives us new birth in Christ, makes us sharers in the
mystery of his death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin and
brings us new freedom as God’s children and members of his Church”.
urged us not to forget the great gift we have received. “Our baptism
has changed us, given us a new and glorious hope, and empowered us to
bring God’s redeeming love to all, particularly the poor, in whom we see
the face of Christ. Our baptism has also given us a share in the
Church’s mission of evangelization; as disciples, we are also
The Pope said “as we celebrate the feast of the
Baptism of the Lord this Sunday, let us ask him to renew in us the grace
of our Baptism and to make us, with all our brothers and sisters, true
children of God and living members of his body, the Church”.
through speakers in different languages, the Pope turned to our
brothers and sisters from the Middle East, and in particular from Syria,
inviting them to remember the day of their Baptism and to celebrate it
because thanks to this Sacrament “we have all become new creatures in
Christ, temples of the Spirit, adoptive children of the Father, members
of the Church, brothers in faith and announcers of the Gospel, capable
of forgiving and loving all, even our enemies”.