Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
At the climactic moment of the Risen Lord’s appearance to his downcast disciples on the road to Emmaus, Saint Luke writes, “With that, their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (Luke 24:31).
The gift of faith, so intimately linked with Baptism, enables us to see with new eyes. As the Church celebrates Baptism at Easter, welcoming the newly baptized and inviting all Christians to renew their baptismal promises, we acknowledge that Baptism brings us only to the threshold of new life in Christ. It sets us firmly on the path. The process of conversion, sanctification and transformation continues throughout a lifetime of discipleship in the Church.