A Christian lives “in newness of life,” Bishop Carl A. Kemme said at the Easter vigil Saturday night, April 15, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Christians receive that gift in baptism “to live one’s life in a completely new and dynamic way, in the light of the resurrection of Christ,” he said to a packed church.
Before blessing the baptismal font and baptizing an infant and an adult, Bishop Kemme reminded the faithful what St. Paul says, that they are not only baptized into Christ Jesus, they are also baptized into his death.
“We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life,” he said.
Jesus’ resurrection is an “eternal game changer,” he said, adding that baptism “immerses us in a new way of living, a new focus, a new vision.”
“This Easter, faith and focus needs to permeate every aspect of our lives, including our attitude, our actions, our manner of living and our choices,” he said.
“It must be the foundation of our prayer, our worship and the strength of our desire to seek God’s will in all things. Easter faith is the reason for our smile and the joy of our hearts; it is the core of our relationships and commitments.”
Our lives should be influenced by our faith in the risen Christ – that his tomb will always be empty, Bishop Kemme said.
“When at last, brothers and sisters, it is our time to die, may we meet that moment with an Easter faith that has grown and deepened over the course of our lives, so that we will not face it in fear or despair, but with the trust and confidence that Christ will one day call each of us from our tombs to take our place in his Kingdom of love, peace and eternal life.”
Over 400 persons were received across the Diocese of Wichita on Holy Saturday evening.