Monday of the Second Week of Easter

(Jn 3, 1-8)

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
He came to Jesus at night and said to him,
“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God,
for no one can do these signs that you are doing
unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“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.
Do not be amazed that I told you,
‘You must be born from above.’
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.”

There are many Nicodemus’ among us today. They are cautious and not ready to make a public act of faith. Yet they feel a tug in their heart that makes them also uneasy. They have to satisfy their curiosity. And so even if in the cover of darkness, they attempt to get in touch with the Lord. They bring with them their doubts, their confusion and indecision. They genuinely search for the truth even if they still have their fears. Our challenge as followers of the Lord is how to take care of the Nicodemus’ of our times. Is our faith strong enough to convince them to set aside their fears and embrace the Lord ? And so we are invited today to check our faith and see whether it is worth passing on to others who are searching for the truth that could give meaning to their lives.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.


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