In this lesson, we commemorate and study the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ and the start of His earthly ministry.
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The Sacrament of Baptism is the first sacrament any of us ever experience. Baptism was given to the Church as the sacrament of initiation into the faith and for the forgiveness of sins, both Original Sin and all personal sins. Through baptism we are made sons and daughters of God, and God’s very life comes to dwell within us. It is through the graces of baptism that we are given the foundations of virtue and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and it is through the graces of baptism that we live as Christians at all.
Why do we have Baptism? Think back to Adam and Eve:
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.”
Original Sin (the sin of Adam and Eve) is transmitted to all human beings automatically by their nature as human. It is not a “personal sin” in the sense that every human commits the sin; it is easier to think of Original Sin as a “state of being.” Adam and Eve removed themselves from God’s covenant, in the same way that immigrants might have removed themselves from citizenship in whatever country they lived in. If someone was born outside that country, it wouldn’t be their “fault” so to speak, it would just be a fact of reality. It is the same for us and Original Sin. We are born into fallen humanity, and that is just the way it is.
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