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APRIL 12. EASTER. WK. 2. MON. JOHN. 3. 1-8

Updated: Aug 29

There was one of the Pharisees called Nicodemus, a leading Jew, who came to Jesus by night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who comes from God; for no one could perform the signs that you do unless God were with him.’ Jesus answered:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

unless a man is born from above,

he cannot see the kingdom of God.’


Nicodemus said, ‘How can a grown man be born? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?’ Jesus replied:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

unless a man is born through water and the Spirit,

he cannot enter the kingdom of God:

what is born of the flesh is flesh;

what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Do not be surprised when I say:

You must be born from above.

The wind blows wherever it pleases;

you hear its sound,

but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.

That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’


Nicodemus was clearly a wise person, “a leading Jew,” and, as a result of all the miracles Jesus had performed, he recognised him as “a teacher who came from God.”


But, while this man was wise, and had knowledge, Jesus points out this is not enough if a person wants to be a “Christian” or a follower of Christ. He must also be ‘born from above!’


This is a critically important lesson, not only for Nicodemus, in the time of Christ, but also for Christians in the twenty-first century. It is so easy to think knowledge and wisdom are enough, but they are not!


The lesson here is we also need “gifts from above” in the form of Faith and Humility, and this is what Jesus is pointing out to this wise and educated man!


Wisdom and Knowledge are human attributes that can be studied and learnt! Faith and Humility are gifts and attributes from above, and Jesus is using this encounter to educate not only Nicodemus, but all who wish to be disciples!


There is a powerful lesson being given here as it is so easy for wise and the learned Christians to think they possess all the attributes necessary to become a faithful follower of Christ; - or a “Holy Man”; - but they are wrong, as without the “gifts from above”, of Faith and Humility, they will be unable to attain this goal.


And this is what Jesus is trying to tell us when he says: “‘I tell you most solemnly, unless a man is born through water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God; - what is born of the flesh is flesh; - what is born of the Spirit is spirit.”


“Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above”.


Gospel Acclamation Col3:1


Alleluia, alleluia!

If, then, you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,

where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Alleluia!


First reading Acts 4:23-31 ·

They were all filled with the Spirit and began to proclaim the word of God boldly


As soon as Peter and John were released they went to the community and told them everything the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard it they lifted up their voice to God all together. ‘Master,’ they prayed ‘it is you who made heaven and earth and sea, and everything in them; you it is who said through the Holy Spirit and speaking through our ancestor David, your servant:


Why this arrogance among the nations,

these futile plots among the peoples?

Kings on earth setting out to war,

princes making an alliance,

against the Lord and against his Anointed.


‘This is what has come true: in this very city Herod and Pontius Pilate made an alliance with the pagan nations and the peoples of Israel, against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, but only to bring about the very thing that you in your strength and your wisdom had predetermined should happen. And now, Lord, take note of their threats and help your servants to proclaim your message with all boldness, by stretching out your hand to heal and to work miracles and marvels through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ As they prayed, the house where they were assembled rocked; they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim the word of God boldly.







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