Monday 24 April 2017
St Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Acts 4:23-31. Psalms 2:1-9. John 3:1-8.
Happy are all who put their trust in the Lord — John 3:1-8.
Unless you be born from above you cannot enter the kingdom of God.
The statement made by Jesus to Nicodemus is blunt. The concept of life, as used by John, is identical with the kingdom of God. To enter the kingdom of God is to enter into the very life of God.
St Peter in one of his letters asks how beings created with the nature we have can also participate in the divine nature? This is not a moral problem, still less a legal problem. Of ourselves, we can do nothing to reach the divine level unless we are helped from outside ourselves. We are raised by God descending from heaven to our level and then bringing us up to his own level. O wonderful exchange! O the love of God for us!