In our gospel today from John 3:1-18, Jesus is speaking about being born again, and Nicodemus, a Pharisee, is really struggling with the concept. Nicodemus is taking his statement literally, and Jesus is referring to being born of water and the Holy Spirit. Nicodemus was following the rules of his faith, but Jesus was calling him to so much more.
For many people, they may have the Sacraments of the “water” of Baptism and the “Holy Spirit” of Confirmation, but you can’t tell their faith is very important to them. Sadly, that was my life many years ago, as I was following the rules of our faith, but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. What Jesus is describing is being born into a new life, having a conversion or Metanoia, a profound change in mind and heart towards Jesus. For some people, this happens on a Cursillo weekend, another retreat, or some other life altering event. We make a change in our lives, and turn in the direction of Jesus, and follow him. For me, this is not a “one and done” event, it is a continual journey to go deeper.
So today, lets reflect on this Gospel in our lives. Are we focused on simply following the rules of our faith, or have we fully answered the call of Jesus to that deeper relationship?
De Colores, Deacon Kevin