Monday 28th April – Monday of the 2nd week of Easter
Reflection: John 3:1-8
The account of Nicodemus in our reading today gives a clear picture of what it takes to enter the kingdom of God. It is not by age, by physical maturity or by chance. It is a spiritual birth that comes with a revival in the spirit man. Jesus said that “no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit”. (John 3:5). This relays to us the necessity of the sacrament of Baptism which celebrates our victory and power over sin and brings us into new life in Christ.
Beloved in Christ, Baptism is the beginning and a departure to a new life. It is not a passport to heaven but it is puts us right with God through our faith in the cleansing power of Christ. This calls us to daily nurture our spirit and not our physical body alone. Once we have come to know Christ, we must try to be like him by daily growing and nurturing our spirit with God’s word which is the food of the spirit. That why Peter exclaimed in John 6:68 when he exclaimed; “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life”. Let us diligently press on into living by the Spirit of God. Remember, those that are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Consciously approach the living word which became flesh in the Eucharist and know what you are receiving. Carry Jesus with you in your daily journey and trust in His saving grace to overcome every temptation of the devil. Eternal life is our destination, press on and carry on.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, stir up my spirit so that I may walk and live by the Spirit. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 200 What happens in Baptism?
In Baptism we become members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers of our Redeemer, and children of God. We are freed from sin, snatched from death, and destined from then on for a life in the joy of the redeemed. [CCC 1262-1274, 1279-1280]
HIDE A TREASURE: “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through faith in the active power of God…” Col 2:12 GNB
Readings for today: Acts 4:32-37; Psalm 2:1-3.4-9; John 3:1-8