April 18 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

4/18/2023 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reading: 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.”

4/18/2023 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reflection: John 3:7B-15

Usually, it is difficult for educated people to believe in something they don’t understand, at least logically. Just like Nicodemus, a teacher of the law who can’t comprehend the term “being born again”. So Jesus uses the example of the wind blowing here and there but cannot be perceived where it is actually going to and coming from. So it is with the Spirit of God.

God says His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). Many times He cannot be perceived by logic alone but with openness. That is why worldly wisdom is more of a hindrance to faith and people of little education are easier to accept the scripture than those with PhD’s. That is why Jesus said the mystery of God is hidden to the wise and educated but is revealed to the little ones (Matthew 11:25). Indeed, it is only with a childlike attitude can we encounter God.

Jesus is practically telling Nicodemus to lay aside what he already knew and become a baby again, ready to be taught of new knowledge that comes only from having faith in the Son of Man. He is inviting Nicodemus and He is inviting us to become new beings whose lives are guided by the Spirit of God.

Let us therefore pray that God may send us His Spirit to renew us, to melt and mold us, and to set us on the path of spiritual awakening. Amen.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for April 18, 2023
Gospel Reading with Reflection for April 18, 2023

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