This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Christ, which marks both an identity defining moment (God's claim upon Jesus as Beloved) and the beginning of Jesus' public ministry.
Thus, it is an ideal moment for reflecting upon the beginnings of our own Christian identity in the sacrament of baptism, and upon our calling to service as expressed in our baptismal vows.
How does this baptismal identity, and the vows we repeat each year, shape our lives?
In "Contemplating our 'One Wild and Precious Life'", Victoria Garvey reminds us that "We matter. Our lives matter. Our lives in Christ matter." She invites us to reflection: "Where and when have our lives seemed to have been most in tune with those vows, and where and when not and why? How do these vows make sense in the mystery of your life that is still undiscovered territory?"
How might those vows take on new meaning in the era of COVID-19, when the church cannot meet physically, and has been dispersed into the world in a new way?
(If you would like a reminder as to the content of our baptismal vows, you can follow this link:)