Sunday, April 26 | Third Sunday of Easter
“Repent and be baptized” (v. 38). This call from today’s passage reminds us that as people who proclaim and bear witness to the work of Jesus in our lives, the central aspect of our conversion is forgiveness and repentance. The Greek verb for repent is metanoeo, which refers to a transformation from one way of thinking to another.
In the Covenant, we affirm that the sacrament of baptism bears witness to, proclaims, and is a sign of the work of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a covenant and a mystery, an outward sign of an inward and invisible redeeming grace. St. Augustine referred to sacraments as “visible words.” When we remember our baptism, we remember our commitment to continually be transformed into the ways of Christ, which bear witness to our faith.
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer God, we pray that your grace may continue to renew our hearts and our minds that we be transformed into your likeness. Amen.