April 29, 2019
(St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.” Jn_3:1-8
We, beloved, are born of the flesh. And yet, in our Baptism, through Jesus, we are reborn of the water and the Spirit! Without that rebirth, we can never enter that Kingdom of God. And with rebirth, we are united with Jesus both in body and Spirit.
Jesus is inviting Nicodemus to join with him and be saved. Nicodemus has strong feelings towards Jesus, but has just not committed. And yet, as the story evolves, we see Nicodemus time after time defending the Truth of Jesus, opposing the injustice of the Pharisees and even assisting in Jesus’ burial (Jn_19:39). Sometimes, beloved, we may not be standing on the street corners shouting repentance, but in our own way we can defend Jesus, we can defend the Truth of God’s love, just like Nicodemus. That’s how the Spirit of our Baptism strengthens us. Have faith. Let go of some of the “flesh” parts of our natures and let the Spirit of God take over. You just might be amazed at where He can take you!
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