“Water is not only a symbol of life, it is the sine qua non of biological life. Christ’s baptism in water was a prefiguring of his life-giving death, burial, and resurrection. The Suffering One was also, in effect, cleansing and healing the whole of creation by his baptism in the Jordan River. The water of our own baptisms was and is fundamentally different because of his being baptized. Our healing begins with baptism in which we enter a new life in Christ. ‘Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.’ ” (Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D., Suffering and the Nature of Healing, pg. 243)
Books by Fr. Ted
- Fr. Ted is currently reading 'The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness End of Life and Grief'
- Fr. Ted is currently reading 'Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying'
- Fr. Ted added 'Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness'
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