Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (ἐν καινότητι ζωῆς).” (Rom 6: 3-4)

This past, “Thomas” Sunday (the first one after Pascha/Easter), is also called the Sunday of Renewal, or simply “New” Sunday, because it is the first Sunday of the year on which we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection “anew,” having celebrated it in a special, once-a-year manner on Pascha or Easter. We continue to celebrate the resurrection “anew” on every Sunday throughout the year in our weekly liturgical cycle, the focal point of which is always Sunday. That is to say, all the weekdays of our cross-carrying journey are focused on Sunday, the “renewal” of our “walk in newness of life,” in the crucified-for-us, buried-and-risen Lord.

So this repetitive liturgical cycle, of weekdays focused on the Resurrection, means that also today, on this Tuesday, I am called to walk not haphazardly, not meaninglessly, and not tossed to and fro by merely-human opinions or words or fears, but “in newness of life” in Christ. Also today, as one baptized into Christ Jesus, I can “renew” my baptism “into His death,” by taking up my cross and walking through my responsibilities, that I may move forward and grow, in His newness of life and light, rather than stand in place or sit in the dark, where nothing grows. “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5: 17) Lord, renew a right Spirit in me today, that I may walk and grow as You want me to, in newness of life. Amen!

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