Golden Banner News Paper
Column Title: Let’s Think Together
Article Title: Renewal of Christian Vows
Columnist: Cleb B. Calimutan
April 17, 2012
The Christian vow starts at baptism when the person recites the creed which is traditionally taught among the catechumens during the passion. This creed was the password among the early Christians and was created by the apostles immediately after the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Pentecost Day. Henceforth, the creed is pronounced by the candidates for baptism in Catholic Church for in this way that an assurance of the unity of faith with the disciples of Jesus is ascertain.
The practice of the baptism of the catechumens among the early Christians took place on the last day of the triduum: the night of the Easter vigil and so together with the faithful the entire assembly also renew their baptismal vows as a Christian to remain sincere in the spirit of apostolic virtues received from Christ.
St. Paul wrote to Titus to renew the Holy Spirit for in this way that a believer somehow regain the strength and passion of serving the Lord and become always a living witness to the Gospel. The renewal of the Christian vow is not a new thing to do but a new way approaching the Christian challenges that arose along with our different neighbours in this world with different outlooks in life.
Presently most of the Baptised Catholics are infants whose faith is represented by the parents. Now as they grow old they can readily stand the vow of being a Catholic Christian and understand what it means to be a follower of Christ in the midst of this fast growing modernization.
The messages of Pope Benedict XVI for the past Lenten celebration echo for the whole year, he strongly said: “We must not remain silent before evil.” People now these days are so cold to stand for the truth, most of the Christians are trying to avoid trouble, that could be good, but to allow evil to flourish is not good for the self and to the entire society. People are afraid to stand for the faith they seemed have forgotten their vow of baptism to remain strong with the Incarnate God.
Further the Pope said, “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works” the three virtues of Christ the, priestly, kingly, and prophetic virtues are so alive with the message of the Holy Father. To be concerned with each other in the name of love embodies the love of neighbour the very agape mandated by the Lord to His disciples. This is the Love of God hence loving our neighbour reflects with the love of God that we have. This priestly virtue is manifested in our participation with the Sacraments and Church Liturgies; a definite priestly function. Love of neighbour is the essence of being a king in the fashion of Jesus and not of this world. A form of service with deep concern for everybody as the image of God’s love – Jesus is seen especially among the least of our brethren: the poorest of the poor. However, to be concern with our neighbour is to bring them to the truth, thus the prophetic virtue is inseparable with the two virtues of baptism.
Few, only are reminded to live this virtues receive in the Sacrament of baptism hence the Christian vow is necessary to bring back the energy as believers of Jesus. That we are called to follow the same path he took and live the same principles that he got two thousand years ago. Philippines is the threshold of Christianity in easy, we are but a beacon of light that glimmers our neighbouring countries, that they may see the joy of being a Christian. But, what can we say more we cannot even live these things in our actions.