Smack dab in the middle of our baptismal liturgy is a series of six questions that invite us to say ‘no’ to one way of life so that we can say ‘yes’ to God. ‘Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?’ In renouncing these things, we say ‘no’ to that which draws us away from God. Then comes the three questions to which we are invited to say ‘yes.’ ‘Do you believe in God, the Father? Do you believe in God, the Son? Do you believe in God, the Holy Spirit?’ In the end, one cannot be walking away from God and still follow Him. We say ‘no’ to those things that claim to be God, so that we can say ‘yes’ to the true God.
A man comes up to Jesus and asks Him a loaded question, ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus responds, ‘You know the commandments: Do not steal, murder, bear false witness, or commit adultery.’ The man responded, ‘I’ve honored these since my youth.’ Jesus believed him, but added one final and most difficult thing, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have, give it to the poor, and follow me.’ In other words, ‘Say ‘no’ to your riches so that you can say ‘yes’ to following me.’ Whoa! Scary words. What do we need to say ‘no’ to, so that we can say ‘yes’ to God?
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