Easter 3, Year B South Sydney Uniting Church April 18, 2021
‘The water of baptism means the world’
Just as Jesus is baptised and hears God say, “You are my beloved”, so in baptism we too are blessed and included … God be with you.
The water of baptism means the world – the beauty of rivers, fishes and reeds, rocks and sand … everything holy and good.
I imagine that Jesus felt the special joy of touching and being touched by water – the wonder of buoyancy, envelopment … Jesus knew the thrill of creativity – “going with the flow” and coming to be in love, in his element.
To adults Jesus says: “The kindom of heaven is embodied in the world – in tears of laughter and repentance. Repent, return to God, experience heaven in earth, wind and fire, in water and in one another.”
And Jesus says: “Let the children come to me; do not stop them. It is to just such as these that the kindom of God belongs …”
To children Jesus says: “You too are holy, God calls you beloved … before you might hear it, and simply because you are you. Rejoice in the music of imagination, in friendship and play; in goodness most of all.” Amen.