To know. An unconscious man wounded by two bullets in the back who floats adrift in the sea is rescued by a fishing boat, but when he comes to, he does not know his identity, he does not even know his name. Thus begins a film called Unknown Identity (The Bourne Identity, 2002). The protagonist will try to discover who he is and why they wanted to kill him (and they keep trying). It is essential for all of us to know who we are, what our identity is, as it is the most personal. Pope Francis, in his reflection on the letter to the Galatians, points out that with baptism we receive a new identity: now we are already a child of God in Christ and our dignity is greatly enriched.
To think. A boy changed schools. His mother asked him why he was more cheerful. His son replied: “I am happier because here they call me by my name”. His mother asked him: “What did they call you in the previous one?” His son replied, “They called me ‘the next’. The name is a sign of our identity. The name is assigned to us at baptism, it is the name of the son of God. The Pope advised looking for the date of our baptism to remember it gratefully and celebrate it.
To live. There is a general sonship for all people as they are sons and daughters of the Creator. But Saint Paul speaks of being children of God “in Christ.” There is a great difference, because through the death and resurrection of Christ, we are forgiven and reconciled to the Father. The unbaptized remains with original sin and cannot participate in the other sacraments. Baptism is not a mere exterior rite, nor just a social event, but it transforms the person in their deepest being.