As baptized Christians, our ministry takes place right where we work or play, live or study every day.
We minister to each other as well, and we are also called to go out into the world beyond this holy place. We need to be aware of all around us at school, at work, and in our community. In those places we have vowed before God to “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; to seek and serve Christ is all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.”
Might seem like a tall order? Yep! These are the promises we make to our loving God.
The Hon. Byron Rushing, an Episcopalian and a State Representative in Massachusetts, makes this suggestion; “We should all frame our Baptismal Certificate and hang in on the wall where we could see it all the time!” Just as we clergy do with our certificates of ordination.
So here are two ideas: First, go look, go dig – maybe you don’t have to do that – and see if you can find your Baptismal Certificate and hang it up. Secondly, drop a brief note of thanks to the Priest who baptized you. Now, if that was too long ago, take a moment and offer a prayer for that person.
P.S. I am starting a search for my own!