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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 12 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 4:23-31
Psalm 2:1-3, 4-7a, 7b-9
John 3:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Alleluia! Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.

Probably, we've heard that expression: First impressions are lasting impressions.

Many people, portrayed in scripture, came to see Jesus and were challenged by Him. Usually they came during the day, for their acts in the light were open. But in this instance, Nicodemus came at night. Maybe he didn't want to be seen as he was, a loathsome Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews, and even a member of the Sanhedrin. We only get to hear part of his conversation with Jesus:

"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." (John 3:2)

Could the Spirit be working in Nicodemus?

Jesus replied that one must be born from above to see the kingdom of God. The stage is set: Jesus laid out exactly what one must do and Nicodemus misunderstands!

Nicodemus is drawn to Jesus and suspects (secretly hopes) that God is working through Him but cannot seem to make the leap of faith to recognize Jesus as God. Jesus gives him the way, as we are given, to be born of water and spirit. We are baptized and are thus given an opportunity to enter the kingdom because Jesus suffered, died and rose for us.

Let us not question where the Spirit comes from, but let us be open to where the Holy Spirit moves us. We know the end of this story, the incredible joy of the Easter message. So with wide-open hearts let us "take refuge in the Lord" and we will be truly blessed!

~ Deacon James W. Chaufty | email: goobie2@frontiernet.net

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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