Challenging Thoughts for the Gospel read on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

Baptism is a living, saving water

on account of the Word of God which is in it.

Martin Luther

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Baptism points back to the work of God,

and forward to the life of faith.

J.A. Motyer

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Baptism is the Church’s primary form of evangelization; it is how the Church is built up.

Whenever the Church incorporates a new member into its body, there is a fresh epiphany to the Church of what Christ has done by dying and rising for it.

Baptism reminds us of what is means to be a priestly people.

The baptismal font ought to be as prominent as the pulpit; both witness to the same reality, the Savior who had a baptism that we might have life.

James F. White

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If a man says with Pascal, “Lord, I give You everything,”

and in a tone that really commits him,

his friends can expect or fear anything from him save that he will turn his life into a farce.

Francois Mauriac

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Little things come daily, hourly, within our reach, and they are not less calculated to set forward our growth in holiness than are the greater occasions which occur but rarely.

Moreover, fidelity in trifles,

and an earnest seeking to please God in little matters, are the test of real devotion and love.

Let our aim be to please our dear Lord perfectly in little things, and to attain a spirit of childlike simplicity and dependence.

Jean Nicolas Grou

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