Our mission in Baptism is to reveal Christ to others and our Baptism, therefore, resembles John the Baptist’s Baptism. In John 1:29-34, John the Baptist sees Jesus coming and he declares; “behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” And John goes on to say that the reason he came baptizing with water was to reveal Christ to Israel: “behold the lamb of god”, the Lamb that liberates the world from slavery, from selfish personal satisfaction, greed, pride; I and myself, arrogance, self-conceited and to sum up all; self imprisonment leading to lack of freedom. So Christ is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus re-institutes freedom-and he says always, “do not fear!! Be free and trust the word of God.” John bears witness that Jesus is the son of God. The Holy Spirit gives us the privillage of revealing this Son of God to the world, which gives us an opportunity to associate with Christ and hence to enjoy the freedom of the Children of God.
1 Corinthians 1:1-3 confirms this call to freedom through the experience of St. Paul: “Paul called by the will of God to be an apostle to those satisfied in Christ Jesus-Called to be Saints” A Saint is a person freed and liberated from slavery of being for me and my stomach! It is terrible slavery-which takes away our peace, joy and love.
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 perceives a servant of God who is commissioned to liberate his people, so that God’s salvation may reach the end of the earth.
So the vocation of a Christian is to reveal Christ to the world and remove fear and bring about freedom, whichis the life of the saints.
Msgr. Gerald Kalumba- Christ the King Kampala.