Monday 29 April 2019

About Today Readings

 ST CATHERINE OF SIENA.

Acts 4:23-31. Psalm 2:1-9. John 3:1-8.

Happy are all who put their trust in the Lord – Psalm 2:1-9. 

‘He came to Jesus by night.’

Nicodemus was a leader among the Jews but unlike the other Pharisees, who were hostile and argumentative, he was gradually growing in faith towards Jesus. Jesus knew this and was patient with him.

Jesus mostly spoke in the plain but descriptive language of parables, using stories and images drawn from the people’s lives and experiences. But with Nicodemus he sensed a readiness and a desire for more so he challenged him with a deeper truth – the mysterious but very real presence of the Spirit.

To give Nicodemus an understanding of the mystery of the Spirit, Jesus uses the analogy of the wind that ‘blows where it pleases . . . but you cannot see where it comes from or where it is going.’

Holy Spirit, lead me to your surprising presence in my life. Give me the eyes to notice your gifts in my days, and prepare me to respond in kind.

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