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Remembering Our Divine DNA

It happens at different times for different people, but sooner or later each of us must wrestle with life’s ultimate questions. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?

Rich HarterGood News All the Way

A blog by Rich Harter
Director of Evangelization
Archdiocese of Milwaukee

 

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age. He was the son, as was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez,v the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.(Luke 3: 21-38)

It happens at different times for different people, but sooner or later each of us must wrestle with life’s ultimate questions. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Is there a purpose for my life? How am I connected to others? Is there some sort of larger plan for humanity and how am I part of it? Does my life really matter? Is this life all there is, or is there something more beyond death?

We seek answers to these ultimate questions because deep down we hunger to believe that our lives really do matter, that we were created for a purpose, that we truly belong to others, and that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Like the singular star shimmering in the vast evening sky, we want our lives to sparkle against the backdrop of a larger universe.

Jesus reminds us that in baptism we find the life significance we are searching for. In that moment, the heavens open and the Holy Spirit descends upon us. Our old self is washed away and we become a new creation in Christ. Grace moves and we are grafted on to God’s family tree as beloved daughters and sons. Genetically altered by the power of the Sacrament, we now possess the Divine DNA.

So the journey of discipleship is simply to live every day remembering our baptism. Who am I? I am God’s beloved child. What is my purpose?  My purpose is to live like Jesus. Do I belong? Yes, I am related to all God’s children, both living and dead.  Am I part of something bigger? Indeed, I am a co-worker in Christ’s saving plan for the world. Where am I going? I am genetically destined for heaven.

We have a God-sized identity and purpose. This indeed is very good news!
 
Let us live out of our baptismal identity so that God is well pleased!

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