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Galatians 3:27
Saturday, November 10 2012

Clothed with Christ...

Through Baptism, we are cleansed of our sins and clothed with Christ:

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. -Galatians 3:27, NAB

During Baptisms, it is customary to wear white, whether it is an infant child or an adult. The white clothes signify the purity and new life found in Christ at Baptism. Through Baptism, we are washed of our past, which not only washes away our sins, but also our former identity. We take on a new identity as a Christian and Catholic, and our new life begins from there.

Before accepting Christ into our lives, we probably associated ourselves with one group or another, whether it was based on race, sex, or ethnicity, but once we are baptized in Christ, we can associate ourselves together as one group above all others: Christian.

Who we are as Christians and Catholics should be the only thing that identifies us any longer.  Our race no longer matters.  Where we were born no longer matters.  Even our financial situation no longer matters.  The clothes we wear, that identify who we are, should no longer matter.  We are clothed with Christ, and that is all we will ever need.

Do you accept the new life you have in Christ?  At times, some will struggle to let go of the past.  Their former identity follows them, and it makes it more difficult for their new identity in Christ to shine through.  The stains of their past cover up their new life in Christ.

It can be hard to let go of the past.  As promising as a new life in Christ may be, our old life holds its grip.  If we want to live to the fullest life that Christ offers, we must throw away the stained robes of our past and put on the pure white garments of Christ.

 

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