Tuesday, March 3
Nicodemus’ silent night visit to Jesus could have been interpreted as an evil visit or to have a private meeting not to be seen. Nicodemus was a “ruler of the Jews,” and a member of the Sanhedrin (also known as the Council). Jesus was an unknown too questionable to the Council and considered a troublemaker. Nicodemus had many questions, and Jesus had answers, albeit confusing ones. Jesus replied, “Very truly, I tell you no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:5)
Nicodemus didn’t understand the term, “born again,” and needed clarification being a teacher of the Jewish faith. The Jewish people consider proselytes to be reborn upon their conversion to Judaism.
Being born and raised Catholic, christened at a month-old, and as an adult, being born again by water and the spirit through Baptism affirmed my faith. But there were times during my illness that my faith wavered with the question, “Why me?” I was ashamed of my weakness. Continuing daily with prayer and scripture reading, I woke up one morning and realized my illness was not life-threatening but life-altering. In that moment I realized that God had me in God’s hands and all was good. It strongly reaffirmed my faith, and as I took care of my mother during her illness, I knew I was fine living anew in my God. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Prayer: Oh, heavenly Father, I affirm my faith in you. May you always remind me – “not my will, but thy will be done.” As I live in your light, continue to order my steps. Amen.