Posted by: livingscripture | April 16, 2012

Second Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

                                                        (John 3: 5)                                                                                                                                                                    

 

How should we live this Word

Sunday’s Liturgy presented us with the theme of faith in the Risen Jesus, which is fundamental for the Christian’s spiritual journey.  Today we reflect on the episode of Nicodemus, a man who was undoubtedly fascinated but at the same time disturbed by Jesus.  Thus he hesitates to welcome the revelation of love and of new life that Jesus proposes.  Nicodemus goes to Jesus by night.  This is not only an indication of the hour or of the fact that he wants to meet in secret.  Rather it reveals his state of soul.  Nicodemus lives in the shadows, in insecurity and doubt.  However, he is a person in search of truth and goes toward Jesus, the light that disperses the darkness.  From the evidence at his disposal, whether observed directly or heard from others, Nicodemus understands that no one is capable of working the signs that Jesus works if God is not with him.  But he does not succeed in going further.

Without the illumination that comes from the Holy Spirit, the mystery of Jesus cannot be understood, nor the deep significance of who He is and what His mission is.  Jesus wants to respond to the profound desire of Nicodemus and He explains His teaching on the mystery of new birth, on faith in Him, God’s Son, and on human salvation for those who accept His word.  At this point, Nicodemus is at the beginning of his faith journey.  He is open.  Jesus introduces him immediately into the Kingdom of God present and operative in His person.  “Unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  It is a message that touches Nicodemus and every person, a message of life that demands a radical change of attitudes and behavior, which allows entrance into communion with God.

Nicodemus is unable to understand what it means ‘to be reborn from on high’ and Jesus ends this moment of the discourse by introducing the fundamental action of the Holy Spirit.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will place myself in Nicodemus’s shoes to reflect on the truth that I seek and my faith journey, and my attitude before the mystery of Jesus.

Lord Jesus, like Nicodemus, I find myself faced with many questions and even doubts.  I want to come closer to the light that is You.  Strengthen my faith and enlighten my way.

The voice of Mario Galizzi, SDB, Author

For Jesus, the Spirit does more by radically transforming human beings.  He makes them be reborn and makes them God’s children.  We need this gift I we want to see, experience, enter the Kingdom of God to participate in this new life.

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