Next week is we will celebrate the sacrament of confirmation in our Parish. This is a momentous occasion for the life of those to be Confirmed and also for their sponsors, family, friends and the life of the Church.
The sacraments of baptism, confirmation & holy orders are all sacraments that cannot be repeated. These sacraments change our very being and therefore our relationship to God and the world. Perhaps, baptism is the most dynamic change that we ever experience. In baptism we are born into eternity, we are refreshed and washed in the life-giving waters of the Trinity, we become the Church; the mystical Body of Christ.
In the sacrament of Confirmation our candidates will receive a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The sacrament “does” what it says, it confirms the candidates’ baptism. That is why the renewal of the candidates’ baptismal promises is so important. The renewal of baptismal promises is a significant event in the life of the Church and the candidates are further initiated into the Church as they speak for themselves. These promises made in a public forum in front of a bishop is a moment of great joy.
The candidates will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and like the Pentecost event will be commissioned to go and, “spread the Good News to all nations”. Let us pray this week for all our candidates, their sponsors and their families.