In his baptism, Jesus began to discover who he truly was: the beloved Son of God. It is no less true for us. Baptism, and the renewal of our baptismal promises, is not some empty ritual. It is a solemn declaration of our identity as God’s beloved daughters and sons with whom God is well pleased. And in knowing who we are, and whose we are, we discover why we are: I have been marked for mission!

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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