I hope you’ve been enjoying the series.
Water is a powerful element. We use it every day to clean with, cook with, wash with and yes, even have fun with. Our bodies are made mostly of water, the world is made up mostly of water; water is the essence of life. Water is very, very powerful. Trust me, as a sailor I can tell you stories. So is it a small wonder that water is used to baptize. Water is present during the Creation (Gn, 1: 20-23), the flood (Gn, 6-8), the crossing of the Red Sea (Ex, 14: 10-31), etc. In these instances as well as baptism it signifies the same thing. It is a purifier. It purifies whatever it touches. Now there is a big difference between cleansed, and purified. In its natural form water is a cleanser, it makes us clean. It cleans off the dirt and grime, but that’s only on the outside and skin deep. But when God’s presence is in the water…Oh mama! It takes on a totally different nature. It can heal, it can save, it can purify. This is what happens when the priest or deacon blesses the water and makes it holy. Now if you’ve been paying attention to my writings then you realize that this is false. Remember what I told you about symbols. Only GOD can give the symbol power and water is a symbol. What actually happens is that the priest/deacon invokes God’s presence (the Holy Spirit) upon and into the water. God makes the water holy not the priest or deacon, hence its ability to purify. Unlike cleansing, purifying goes much deeper, beyond the skin and flesh and into the very soul. But remember what I said, without faith the symbol is useless and this is the same for the water. Here’s Deacon Phil’s spin on it: the water is poured three times. The first pour is to wash away the dirt and grime of sin. Ever see a kid totally filthy? You can’t recognize them until the filth is washed away. Sin makes us spiritually unrecognizable, the Father wants a better look at us…so we get a washing. The second pour cleanses our soul, it’s a deeper wash to get to the original sin, and what is that sin? If you say disobedience, buzzer!!!!!!!! If you say I choose not to rely on you, “can I get a woo woo!” So we have to wash away the hurt and realize that it was a sad day for him and it really, really, hurt. The third pour is the purifying one. This is sort of like a power washing. Ever done or seen one? The water is powerful enough to strip away almost anything. Everything gets stripped away and exposes the soul to God and oh how beautiful that soul is! Next week…Candles
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for God’s grace. Love ya! Deacon Phil