A reading from the gospel according to John 3:7B-15:
7B Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘You must be born from above.’
8 The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
11 Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.
12 If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
Pointers for Reflection:
1. Nicodemus was a Pharisee who admires Jesus and His authoritative teachings. Yet he goes to visit Jesus in the night because he was afraid or maybe ashamed to be noticed by his colleagues. He knows the law but obviously, he cannot comprehend spiritual things. Jesus is very sympathetic with him as He patiently explains what is necessary for him to attain eternal life.
2. To be born again means to be born of the Spirit so that we can be reconnected with heaven, our origin and destiny. It also means to be made aware of our purpose and to work out for its accomplishment. Jesus mentions a life in the Spirit which we cannot see but its effects such as the movement of leaves of trees are visible. We who are born again live not in the flesh but in this Spirit. Others must be able to perceive the effects of the Spirit who live in us. If not then we are still worldly.
3. Jesus lifted up on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation. Looking at Him hanging there must no longer unnerve us but instead make us hopeful that sin and death have been conquered and therefore they have no more power over us. The cross is no longer a source of shame but of pride that we can boast of (Galatians 6:14). By dying on the cross, Jesus made possible for us to have eternal life if only we believe in Him.