Mark 10:13-16 13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments of Holy Church and the door to life in Christ; it unites us with the Lord, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Through the waters of baptism and the power of the Most Holy Trinity, we begin a new life; we become a new creation. We take on a new dignity given to us by our Lord because we share in the life and the love of God. Through baptism, we are raised up to God.
Our Lord said to let the children come to Him, for to such belong the kingdom of God. Baptism removes sin. Christ calls us to live always in the state of the newly baptized, free of sin; loving the Lord God with all our heart; and loving our neighbor as our self.
Baptism initiates us into the life of the Church; in a very special way, it equips us for life in the Kingdom of God. We are truly blessed by the Lord that we are allowed to become a child of God through the waters of this most holy sacrament. Amen.