Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s Baptism in LaMure d’Isère, France, in 1811
Today, we celebrate the baptism of Saint Eymard, which occurred the day after his birth on February 5, 1811. In letters written by Father Eymard, he would recognize his baptism as “the most beautiful day of my life.” He wrote that through Baptism, “I have seen the graces that have been the gifts of my Baptism – so great. The sonship of God… the right to grace, to the glory of Jesus Christ.”
Baptism confers the indelible mark on each of us as belonging to God. Baptism is the door to the other Sacraments that lead us to the tangible and personal encounter with Jesus in the most Holy Eucharist.
Today’s gospel reading from Mark is about the many miracles that occur due to a personal encounter with Christ. As the people begin to recognize Jesus, they hurry about and bring the sick to him for healing.…that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.
In our lives today, we have come to recognize Jesus through our Baptism, and through the Most Holy Eucharist, we come to be transformed and healed. We are eternally blessed because we don’t have to reach for a ‘tassel on His cloak.’ We touch, see, hold, and consume the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It should be easy to imagine that we receive another miraculous healing in every reception of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In the wisdom of our Founder, let us pause and fondly remember those who brought us to Jesus Christ through our Baptism and subsequently to be healed and transformed through every Eucharistic encounter. And as many as touched it were healed.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for our priests, parents, godparents, catechists, and everyone who led us to our baptism. Please continue to bless them abundantly. We are eternally grateful to them through the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Please heal us of every physical and spiritual affliction so we may always be one with you through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord. Amen.