Friday, February 16, 2018

Saved Through Water

Lectio:     1 Peter 3: 18-22 Studium

Beloved:
Christ suffered for sins once, 
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,           

that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh, 
he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, 
who had once been disobedient 
while God patiently waited in the days of Noah 
during the building of the ark, 
in which a few persons, eight in all,
were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body 
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God, 
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Studium:

This letter was most probably read and circulated among the faithful.  This is a catechesis teaching of the meaning of Christ's life.  People who are suffering can take heart when they hear this reading.  Jesus suffered, too, and He didn't have to.  He was righteous.  Yet He suffered for us who are not.  We entered into this redemption by our baptism.  Baptism's symbol is water as was Noah's ark in water.  Both us and Noah were saved by water. And so begins our Lenten journey, especially those catechumens hoping to become baptized at the Easter vigil.

Meditatio:

"He also went to preach to the spirits in prison."  Jesus loves sinners.  He became one of us because of the prisoners to sin.  He did not come for the righteous, but for us.  We can follow this example of Love by being baptized.

Oratio:

Lord, this is good news.  Our baptism brings us into Your family.  The water cleanses us from Original Sin and brings us into Your Church.  I pray our catechumens freely choose to come to You.

Contemplatio:

Lord, I pray for the priest who baptized me.


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