Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gospel Decades - John 3:7-15

BEADS OF JOY 4-17-12 “Gospel Decades”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (John 3:7-15 ~ You Must Be Born Anew)
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 everyone 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, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

1 – Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s –Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…

Reflection: My Friends,
It’s interesting how this conversation with Nicodemus continues, the actually scriptures that covers this conversation is John 3:1-21, so tomorrow’s gospel will also be a further reflection upon all these things. Typically you will find this when researching “born again” you will be led to that complete scripture reading. The Christian life is a human life in the Spirit. We can love our spouse and our children and even our neighbors and friends; in fact our love for them deepens tremendously when we are born anew in the Spirit. Think of it this way, Jesus was born once through Mary, then He was crucified. After three days He was raised again (born again) from the dead. He was the same person, He was before He died, but His earthly body died; after He died, He was born again, anew, with a Heavenly body. We are born again in our Spirit, our old self dies, and our NEW self is alive; and it is one that loves Jesus is born again. Tomorrow in the summary of this entire reading I will sum it all up instead of repeating this over and over again.

Pondering these thoughts today: Do we thirst for this new life that Jesus tells us we can have though the transforming power of the Holy Spirit? Do you know, once you are born again, you too will have this boldness and confidence to openly share your faith. Never be ashamed of the Cross, for it is by and through the Cross of Jesus that we have been saved and that our life can be celebrated with Him.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS