Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Rom 6: 3-5)

His death and His resurrection. These things, which “happened” to one, specific Man, at a specific moment in history, “under Pontius Pilate,” – they “happened” also to me, when I participated in them, in baptism. So that I, too, “might walk in newness of life.”

I have that kind of potential, like an inextinguishable spark deep inside me. But I tend to forget this mysterious gift that I carry around, because I don’t remember my baptism, having been baptised as an infant. So let me be reminded of this primary, Great Fact of my life, once again, on this summer Sunday, as we celebrate, once again, the death and resurrection of One, Who united Himself with us in His newness. Today let me let Him remove my old, and replace it with His new. Glory be to Him.

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