2nd Week of Easter (T)
Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP
St Dominic Priory, NOLA
Nicodemus hears Jesus say that all must be “born again” to enter the Kingdom. What Jesus means is “born from above.” Being born from above in water makes each of us a part of the Body. Being born from above in the Spirit gives our Body its end. Nicodemus' misunderstanding prompts Jesus to reveal the purpose of the Church: to bear witness to, to give testimony to the workings of the Spirit over time. Being rational animals, we enjoy the limited gifts of imagination, cognition, and prediction. We enjoy and usually make good use of our gifts to know and understand God's creation, to explore and explain the people and things we can perceive. But the Spirit easily slips passed these gifts, making it difficult to fully grasp what He is doing in us and with us. To know and understand the workings of the Spirit, we must hear the witness of those born from above. Those who have seen Christ raised up and have come to believe in him. These members of the Body – still living and living again – are our memory. Our task now is to live with Christ so truly that we become witnesses from above for those come behind us.
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