Breaking it down!
What’s in a name? Ok, so let’s go through the Rite…step by step. The first question asked is, “What name do you give your child?” I enjoy science fiction and fantasy. Every now and then there is some truth and enlightenment. My favorite is stories of dragons. Dragons never reveal their names for fear that the one who knows it may have power over them, or that it may be too awesome to understand. Hmmm…where do they get this stuff anyway? Would you believe the Bible? This is exactly what happens with the angels, and it is only in certain circumstances that they reveal their names. Examples are in Genesis, Tobit, Daniel and the Gospels. The other thing about names is who they align to. An example is: Horace, son of Wendell, son of Bruce, King of Prussia. What am I driving at? Names are important! Don’t think so? Hmmm, why does God change Abram’s name to Abraham or Sarai’s name to Sarah? How’s that Bible reading going? A Christian or suitable name is given to the child for the simple fact that this child will reflect the glory of God. What do I mean by suitable? Names like Moon Unit 2, Snickers, Knicks, Rainbow Bright, etc. really do not reflect God’s Glory. Think about it…naming a child after the first “object” you see? Sigh, Wooglywoo just doesn’t cut it either. Names have purpose and in a lot of cases believe it or not …God gets to choose. (John the Baptist, Jesus, Saul, who He changed to Paul, etc.). The second question asked is “What do you ask of God’s Church for…” I covered this earlier. Just remember that we are the Church and we are the ones the parents are asking. Then the parents respond, “BAPTISM!” Ok people check this out…this is a moment of great joy and pride! We should be shouting so all the community can hear the responses. Oh I never shout or yell…yeah right. I do have children, I do go to their games and concerts and I do hear the parents…they can get pretty loud. Well, that’s the way it should be at the Baptism, all the community should be able to hear the responses. Other responses the parents can use are, “faith,” “the grace of Christ,” “entrance into the Church,” “eternal life.” See you next week.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for our newly baptized! Love ya!