Posted by: livingscripture | April 17, 2012

Second Tuesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

                                                       (John 3: 14)                                                                                                                                                                 


How should we live this Wor

Today’s Liturgy continues the dialog between Jesus and Nicodemus.  Jesus alerts us not to marvel at the radical change that the Holy Spirit intimates and actuates the birth of the new person from on high.

It is a mystery that Jesus wants to clarify a bit with the example of the wind.  We experience the wind but it is a phenomenon that escapes our control.  We do not know where it comes from or where it goes, yet we do not negate its existence.  Thus it is with the Holy Spirit.  The person born of the Spirit experiences the presence and effects of the Spirit in one’s life but knows that it is a reality beyond human power.  The new person cannot negate the existence of the Spirit even if unable to explain it.

This presence is expressed in deep joy, peace, equilibrium, service of others.  The Spirit breathes a light, a deeply interior dynamism that grows and expands according to the free desire of the inhabited person.  Nicodemus becomes rigid in the face of this novelty, just as we do.  He remains a slave to his rationality.  He knows God and believes in the law, but this is new and it breaks the structures that give security.  Perhaps Nicodemus lacks the humility or the courage to follow his intuition.  Jesus is not disturbed.  He presents Himself to Nicodemus as the authentic witness who reveals God’s mysteries, mysteries that He has seen and of which He can speak with knowledge and authority.  Nicodemus remains silent.

It is perhaps in this moment that true listening begins.  Jesus, Son of the Father, knows and sees together with the Father.  “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.”  Jesus is the Son of Man who will be lifted up on the cross to unite Heaven and earth.  Those who believe in Him will have eternal life.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will recall the meaning of my Baptism.  I am reborn in the Spirit!  I carry the Trinity within me, the mysterious presence and power of God!

Lord Jesus, awaken in me awareness of the Spirit and help me to live my Baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen! 

The voice of Dominique Barthelemy, O.P., Exegete

Properly speaking, Baptism makes us pass from Adam’s destiny to the destiny as Jesus Christ’s brothers and sisters, thanks to the gift of the Spirit of the Son that we receive in us, but that Adam did not have.  Adam had received a spirit that became in him a living soul, breath.

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