The Gospel according to John (3:7-15)
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to him,
‘How can this happen?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
Today’s Gospel reminded me of the time ten or so years back when we had a ferocious windstorm. It was windy enough to blow down huge trees on the median of Santa Anita Avenue right near where I live. I still recall the feeling of anxiety I had as I navigated my way down that street to the bus station to go to work the next morning (dodging tree branches as I did so). It knocked out our power too.
For all of the technology that weather forecasters have, they still get it wrong so often. They can show you on the “super doppler 5000000+” that it is raining on your street, though! That’s kind of what Jesus is pointing to at the beginning of today’s Gospel passage, during Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisee leader, Nicodemus. We can certainly see where the wind goes, but we have no control whatsoever over it. We can certainly try to protect ourselves and redirect the wind, but we humans can’t change that it will blow when and where it wants.
It’s a reminder of the fact that we who serve God serve the One who *does* control the wind and everything else. As we continue in the Easter Season, may we keep that fact in mind. May we keep Jesus at the center of all we do, and ask Him to help us to follow Him and demonstrate His love wherever we go. It’s not promised to be easy, but it is promised that we will never go on that path alone. And, that’s the path to be on – it’s the one leading to eternal life, as Jesus says in today’s Gospel.
Let us share “testimony” about that love by the way we are with those whom we meet. Let us share love and care with everyone, simply because it is the example Jesus left for us. And, let us pray that we may always be a light of love in the darkness of today’s world. And when the wind blows, let us know that the God we love and serve will be with us and guide us, holding us steady, no matter how hard that wind might blow.
Action for the Day:
In a quiet moment today, ask God to put on your heart the desire to serve Him better, and to touch someone else’s life with an act of kindness.
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