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Acts of the Apostles 4: 23-31
Psalm 2:1-3, 4-7A, 7B-9
John 3:1-8
Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to Jesus to ask questions of Him as
Nicodemus has come to believe that Jesus is from God. Nicodemus
is confused and skeptical when Jesus explains that no one can see
the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
This Gospel grasped me immediately as I was recently born of the
water and the Spirit when I was baptized at Easter Vigil in 2010. I was
very similar to Nicodemus when I asked my questions in the beginning
of the RCIA process. I, too, had a strong belief in Jesus and his
message of God. It was the baptism part that I struggled with.
Over the next fifteen months, I journeyed with the RCIA team and my
faith grew each step along the way. The answers didn˅t come to me
as an epiphany, but rather, an osmosis process. It was as if the little
snippets of knowledge would fly around in my head until they con-
nected to each other, bonded and grew exponentially from those
bonds. Slowly, I gained a handle on the meaning of my baptism: the
opportunity to begin a new life. The reflection in today˅s Gospel,
ˈWhat is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spiritˉ,
made total sense to me.