In his message for Lent 2011, Pope Benedict XVI invites us to enter more deeply into the grace of our baptism:
By immersing ourselves into the death and resurrection of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are moved to free our hearts every day from the burden of material things, from a self-centered relationship with the “world” that impoverishes us and prevents us from being available and open to God and our neighbor. In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1 Jn 4: 7-10). The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power (cf. 1 Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them salvation: it is love in its most extreme form (cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12).
A few years ago, I noticed how clearly this theme of baptism as a life-giving death, and as a dynamism making our hearts capable of loving, emerged in the concluding episodes of the third season of the television show LOST.
*** SPOILER WARNING for those who haven’t seen season 3 ***
And so I created a short multimedia presentation to examine the theme of baptism on this television show. Click here to watch the presentation.