Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sacraments and Sapientia: 6 O Rex Gentium

O King of the peoples for whom they yearn, and stone of the Corner who makest both one: Come and save Man whom thou formedst of clay.
He answered and said , A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash : and I went and washed , and I received sight . (St John ix.11)
Wet clay is very malleable and can be moulded into the shape designed by the sculptor. The water is that very thing the makes sculpture and pottery possible. Without it, the clay is brittle and crumbly and useless; its imperfections cannot be filled or smoothed away.

The Lord Jesus enters the waters of Baptism to offer the living water that springs up within us, so that we might become wet clay for our perfection at His hands. This is why Baptism is one of the two sacraments needed for our salvation. There are legends of the Christ-Child making little birds out of mud which promptly gain life and fly away. That may only be legend, but it has the ring of truth when we see men and women receive health and wholeness at His very hands.

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