There is a lot happening on a day such as this. It’s often like that with when a family gets together for a special occasion. There’s an air of excitement and even some commotion in getting ready and travelling to the place where the family is to gather. It’s like that when a whole, extended family gets together for very special times such as Christmas, or anniversaries, or birthdays – moments in life that a family marks as being special.
A baptism is like that too.
It is interesting how often occasions such as these include a special meal together – not with an ordinary kind of menu but usually something much more elaborate -- a feast with all the trimmings. It’s worth noting how often these kinds of special family occasions entail breaking bread together -- a special meal together.
Today, the community of faith at St Luke’s has gathered as a family to break bread together and to initiate a very young, new follower of Jesus into the community of faith – not just into the community of St Luke’s but into the full community of the faithful throughout the world, the Church – the Body of Christ.
It is a very special and momentous occasion to celebrate as a family who continue to break bread together. What’s more, the bread we break together is not just any bread. The teachings of the Church tell us that this bread is the Body of Christ – the actual, living Body of Christ.
The faithful throughout the world gather to break this bread together every Sunday.
Our hope and prayer this day is that this is indeed a very special, a very meaningful, and very happy occasion to mark, to remember, and to ponder. We pray that this is the beginning of a journey that will guide Neeva to know and experience Jesus as she grows in being a faithful member of his community.
And most important, we pray that she will know always, without condition or exception, that she is loved, that she is accepted, and that she is valued by him forever.
Excerpts abridged from homily by Father Glenn