We’ve all heard of Harry Potter. Even in the Harry Potter books, everyone has heard of Harry Potter. If you had never seen him before, you would know who he was because he had a scar, a mark that he could never erase. People in the wizard world knew his history, his importance, and his identity, even when he didn’t know it himself. Harry Potter didn’t know who he was until he was 11. He had signs and hints, but he couldn’t put it all together until he got a letter from an owl. Even then, it took a few letters and a visit from a really large man for him to even start to understand.
We are marked in baptism with an indelible mark. A mark that cannot be erased. We may not see it, but it is there. It is the mark of family. It is the mark of kinship. We belong to the family of Jesus. We are children of God. Everyone in heaven knows it, even if we don’t know it ourselves. We may be given hints and signs, and we may need some knocks on the head to figure it out, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not there already. We are marked. We are known. May we all be able to see it for ourselves.
Inspired by a talk given by Deacon Michael Glenn