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April 23, 2017
Collect for Mass During the Day
Pondering the words of today’s Collect, the word “unlocked” captured my attention. Christ, breaking the bonds of sin and death, has won for us the freedom of the children of God. This gift of freedom transcends earthly oppression, intolerance, imprisonment, and even sin and death.
Today’s solemnity leads us to celebrate our own baptism—the beginning of our life in Christ. Indeed the entire Lenten Season has served as a preparation for us to renew and strengthen our commitment to the promises made at our baptism. So on this day, the Lord’s Day above all others, we might take some time before or after Mass to travel to the font in the spirit of thanksgiving. As we prayerfully and mindfully mark ourselves with the new baptismal water, let us realize the great gift we have been given—the spirit of adoption in Christ.
Almighty and ever-living God,
through the paschal mystery of your Son,
you have made us your own sons and daughters.
Grant that we, whose lives are hidden with Christ,
will appear with him in glory. Amen. Alleluia!
Diocese of Orlando, Florida