‘But I Don’t Feel Different’

‘But I Don’t Feel Different’

On Sunday afternoon, my family attended the birthday party for a young friend who had just turned five. His parents told us that, on the day of his actual birthday, Dominic woke up, checked with his parents to make sure that it was his birthday, then patted his body and said, “But I don’t feel five.”

Many of us have had similar experiences—whether a birthday, wedding, or other significant life event—when we’ve passed from one state of being to another. Because of the significance of the event, we may be let down when we don’t actually feel any different. Yet, just because a person may not feel different doesn’t mean that he or she hasn’t been changed.

Baptism Changes Us

Many of us witnessed the Baptism of adults at the Easter Vigil Mass. The ways that these neophytes have been changed by being baptized is something that they’ll discover only over time. As we grow in faith, we grow in understanding of what it means to be baptized, to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I was baptized as an infant nearly five decades ago, and I’m still learning about what my Baptism means. Challenges in my life are invitations for me to grow into my Baptism, to draw on gifts of the Holy Spirit that were given to me at Baptism, and to experience the fruits of the Spirit.

Growing Into Baptism

I don’t remember my own Baptism, but I expect to be growing into my baptismal promises and the meaning of my membership in the Body of Christ for the rest of my life.

Do you remember your Baptism? How have you grown into your Baptism through your life? What life events have provided invitations for you to explore the meaning and relevance of your Baptism?

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About the Author

Joan McKamey works for Liguori Publications.
  • Marivelcastillo

    Thank you for your article. I found it very interesting and made me think about my own involvement in my parish and how that was part of my Baptismal call. I, too, continue to be aware of my Baptismal call, not only in my parish, but in society. After all it is part of our commissioning to “go now” and make disciples of all nations. Not just in our parish, but actually go out…. No one can encounter Jesus and remain the same.