St. Hilary on Baptism

The words of a very wise man, who died 1647 years ago today.

Everything that happened to Christ at His Baptism lets us know that, after the bath of water, the Holy Spirit swoops down upon us from high heaven and that, adopted by the Father’s voice, we become sons of God. (CCC 537)

Hilary of PoitiersWhen we go to Mass on Sunday, we say our Creed. What’s the Creed called? Nicene. During the fourth century, the bishops of the Church met at Nicaea and expressed our faith in the Trinity: one God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

But: For many years after the Council of Nicaea, powerful people—even many who called themselves Christians—refused to accept that Jesus is true God and true man.

Believing in the Trinity means trying to live the simple life of a child of God, wanting only to do God’s will. And people frequently do not want to live the simple life of a child of God. Sometimes they seek other things, like fame, status, wealth, pleasure, power, cookies, ice-cream, video games, etc.

But St. Hilary of Poitiers lived the simple life of faith in the revelation that Jesus had made, and had entrusted to His Church.

Hilary had entered the church from the outside. He studied all the philosophies and religions of the world, and discovered the truth in God’s revelation to Moses and in Jesus’ Gospel. Hilary was baptized and became a Christian and a child of God when he was already a full-grown man. He knew how precious the treasure of the Gospel really is.

Let’s ask St. Hilary to pray for us, up in heaven. That we might live simple lives of pure faith like he did, striving to do nothing other than please our heavenly Father and find our way home to Him.