When we receive Baptism, we die; that is to say, our blameworthiness is destroyed, we renounce sin once and for all, and are born again into a new life. Think of it this way: Baptism is the only death a Christian need ever fear! Why? Because it is the death of sin.
This is part of the very basics of Christianity. But in all honesty, it is something that needs to be repeated. That’s why Paul has this section in his letter to the Romans.
For instance, take a look at the last line of his reading today: “you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.” I know for myself there are a lot of things that still need to die in me.
The joke is told of a young monk seeking the advice of an old wise monk about how to deal with temptations. The young monk asked the old monk when the temptations would stop. The old monk sat for a long time, started laughing, and said I think about a half-hour after your dead.
Jesus, and Our Lady, are the only ones who were able to withstand every temptation perfectly. …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts