MY daily reflection and prayer:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015: The Second Week of Easter
Dear my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 3:7-15
Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can this be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Yesterday we reflected on Jesus’ speaking to Nicodemus of a “new birth in the Spirit” which would come about through the victory he would accomplish through his death and rising. Jesus explained to Nicodemus: the Spirit is like the wind. You can hear, feel, and see the effects of the wind, but you do not know where it comes from.
The Hebrew word for “spirit” (ruach) means both “wind” and “breath”. If Jesus said that the Spirit is like the wind, it means that the effects of the Holy Spirit in our lives are experienced with the peace, joy, and signs of God’s power and love.
Because of the power of the Holy Spirit we accept our new birth in the Spirit and adoption as sons and daughters of God. The Risen Jesus Christ not only frees us from our sins and pardons us, he also fills us with his own divine life through the gift and working of his Spirit who dwells within us.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, while worshipping Jesus Christ, we ask the Holy Spirit who gives us spiritual power and gifts, wisdom and understanding, to enable us to live in his strength as sons and daughters of God. May we thirst for the new life which God offers us through the transforming power of his Holy Spirit.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, your death brought life for us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may walk in freedom and joy in the knowledge of your great victory over sin and death now and forever. Amen.