Today’s first reading came from Acts 19:1-8:
While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
They answered him,
“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
He said, “How were you baptized?”
They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.”
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.
He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.
Here we find that these 12 are baptized and then receive the Holy Spirit as Paul lays his hands on them. I read back through our baptismal rite and realized that both of the practices are still present. We baptize with water; however, the laying on of hands is still maintained as well in the anointing that takes place.
Anyway, I think it is a good practice for us sometimes to read back through our baptismal rite. I found it enriching this morning. It helps us to keep in mind the promises that we made there, or the promises that our parents made on our behalf, which we confirm later in our own lives.
Check out the baptismal rite HERE if you’re interested.