Interrupted by Babies

 

In Luke 18, Jesus is teaching about the coming of the kingdom of God.  He shared a story of a widow who kept bothering an unsympathetic judge until he granted her request, so God will give justice to his people who continually cry to him.  He also told a parable about a self-righteous Pharisee in the temple and a tax collector who threw himself on God’s mercy because he was a sinner.  The tax collector went home forgiven.

Amid his teaching, parents interrupted him by bringing their babies.  The disciples said, “no, no, no.”  But Jesus said, “Yes, yes, yes. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

Do we regard a baptism as an interruption in the service?  I suspect in our modern church where we often don’t know the family, we do regard a baptism as an interruption in the service.  But as the hymn points out “See this wonder in the making, God himself this child is taking…Here we bring a child of nature; home we take a newborn creature…His to be awake or sleeping…Born again by Word and Water.”

Whenever a baby is baptized we are seeing, a “Miracle each time it happens as the door to heaven opens.”  We are seeing another human being called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light.

So, as we begin each Sunday Service, we do so under the sign of the cross, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  We remember that at some point we were brought forward to the font, an interruption of the usual flow of things, and with Water and Word we were placed under the care and salvation of God won for us through the cross and resurrection.

 

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