Making New Witnesses Luke 24:45-53
This weekend saw a number of exciting events take place at church. We celebrated the feast of the Ascension of Christ in which Jesus told his disciples that they had been witnesses to everything that had been prophesied: the Messiah’s birth, death, and resurrection. And the Lord sent them out to proclaim what they had seen, learned, and were taught.
This weekend, two special events took place which seemed to fit in nicely with the feast. Saturday night, the newest addition to our family was baptized. Rikkelle became among the newest to be welcomed into the Catholic community. As her godfather, it will be up to me to assist in raising little Rikki to be a witness to God’s teachings. To help her grown and learn what it means to be a member of the bigger Christian family.
Sunday morning, we celebrated the annual mass for the high school students who will soon be embarking on the next phase of their newly adult lives. Sending them on their way to hopefully be witnesses to that which they have learned as members of the church. To pass on what they have learned in the church, in school (many who went to Catholic school in elementary school and CCD classes through junior and senior high school), and at home. To not be afraid to answer the questions put to them and to spread the good news of Christ.
Following Rikki’s baptism, I received a card which details the responsibilities of those the parents chose to assist them in raising their child to be a witness to all that Christ taught:
To be chosen as a godparent is a special honor. You, above all others, have been entrusted with the responsibilty to participate in this child’s Christian life and education.
This privilege offers you the opportunity to develop a mutually enriching spiritual relationship – one that will last throughout this life and beyond.
- Celebrate the anniversary of this holy day of Baptism each year with a visit, a card, or a call.
- As your godchild grows, listen to and share in the struggles and triumphs of living a Christian life.
- Encourage a consistent life of faith through special cards, letters, or gifts which celebrate holy events and personal growth events.
- Participate in or send assurance of prayers as your godchild receives the other sacraments, particularly First Communion and Confirmation which complete initiation into the church community.
- Be supportive of your godchild’s parents in their role as the primary religious educators of their child.
- And MOST IMPORTANTLY, become a model of Christian living for your godchild, through daily prayer, virtue, and active participation in parish life and liturgy.