With two thirds of the earth’s surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it, it is evidently clear that water is one of the prime elements responsible for life on earth…and beyond.
We assume our human form in the amniotic sac (bag of waters) in the womb and in the order of nature, birth begins when a mother’s “water breaks”.
Literally, from the dawn of time, this ‘elemental gold’ has been present giving life to all creation. In Genesis we read…”…and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters…”
When the world was lost to sin and needed cleansing and rebirth, God sent a great flood and from that flood the family of Noah found new life. When Israel passed out of Egypt and slavery, they had to cross the waters of the Red Sea, again entering into a new beginning, a new life.
According to St Thomas Aquinas, water has been a natural sacrament since the dawn of creation. However, the Church Fathers taught that through the Baptism of Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River, water became sanctified, life-giving and a source of supernatural regeneration.
The sacrament of Baptism is the beginning of life—supernatural life.
Because of original sin, we come into the world with only the natural endowments of human nature. The supernatural life which is the result of God’s personal indwelling, is absent from the soul. Jesus instituted the sacrament of Baptism to apply to each individual soul the atonement which He made on the Cross for original sin.
When we enter the Church and dip our hands into the holy water font, it is a reminder and a renewal of our Baptism…even the smallest child loves this simple action. Holy water is ordinary water that has been blessed for devotional use by a priest. In most Catholic Churches, a dispenser is provided so that parishioners can draw water to take home with them. Traditionally, Catholic families have in place, holy water fonts at the front or back door of their home. By ‘splashing’ a few drops on ourselves and uttering a blessing “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, we invoke God’s blessing upon us and our daily activities and undertakings.
We should look upon this simple yet incredible element of creation as a great blessing, for we cannot live without it in this life and it is necessary to receive it for the next (Baptism).
Let us always give thanks to God, who in His Goodness provides for our every need.