“I’m Wearing God’s Clothes, After Getting Wet!” – Gal 3:27


It is Saturday, and I’m getting ready to go to Church with my group of fellow parishioners and friends.  We will say the Rosary prior to Mass, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet after.  You’ll invited to come. 

"The Good News"

 

Quote or Joke of the Day:

  

A day without sunshine is like night.

(Larry the cable guy)

  

Today’s Meditation:

  

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  (NAB Gal 3:27)

  

My mother used to say, “Put on your Sunday Clothes” before going to mass, weddings, funerals, or other special events.  Back then, women wore only dresses to church, along with the obligatory mantilla (head covering); and men wore suits and ties.  No shorts or non-collared shirts were allowed at any time. 

You had to be dressed “appropriately” in order to be with God.  When a person is brought into the Christian family, through the Rite of Baptism, that person is dressed in a white garment to signify the real “putting on” of Christ.  The white being a signification of a new and pure life with Him. 

This verse expresses a racial, social-economic, and sexual equality in Christ.  Through baptism, no one is above, nor below, any other Christian.  We are all called to love the Lord, and each other as we love the Lord.  What a powerful statement. 

The baptismal imagery in this verse can be found in Old Testament writings such as Job 29:14 and Isaiah 59:17.  My understanding is these practices can be found in some pagan cults as well.  

“Lord, thank you for letting your love flow through me, as the waters of baptism flowed over my head.  May my thirst for you never evaporate, as those drops of holy water have never evaporated from my heart.  Amen.”

  

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO

  

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Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #23:

  

Requests for admission to the Secular Franciscan Order must be presented to the local fraternity, whose council decides upon the acceptance of new brothers and sisters.  Admission into the Order is gradually attained through a time of initiation, a period of formation of at least one year, and profession of the rule. The entire community is engaged in the process of growth by its own manner of living. The age for profession and the distinctive Franciscan sign are regulated by the statutes. 

Profession by its nature is a permanent commitment.   Members who find themselves in particular difficulties should discuss their problems with the council in fraternal dialogue. Withdrawal or permanent dismissal from the Order, if necessary, is an act of the fraternity council according to the norm of the constitutions

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