“What, then, will this child be?”
Luke 1: 57 – 66, 80
God is a God of mercy. We believe that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. It should always our immediate response to rejoice, when God shows his mercy to anyone, as Elizabeth’s neighbours did. John the Baptist was an instrument of God’s mercy. He pointed the way to Jesus by urging repentance. In that way, we can restore our relationship with God who then pours out His mercy.
On that eight day, when John was circumcised, he was brought into a covenant relationship with God. As such, he was given a name and called to his mission. Similarly, when we bring our children to be baptized, they are also given names and called to mission. Their hearts are circumcised to bring them into relationship with God.
Are we, as parents, being models of faith for our children so that they can freely affirm the need for repentance and justice? In that way, we will help to gradually form them into agents of God’s mercy in our world.