Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2nd Week of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 4:32-37 Gospel: John 3:7-15
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[b]
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[ that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Jesus was the most credible witness to testify about God the Father and about the heavenly kingdom because he was testifying from his own experience. He alone came from above. There was, therefore, no problem about the credibility of the truth he was testifying. The problem was in his listeners’ receptiveness. They were quite slow in absorbing heavenly realities. The Jews couldn’t swallow Jesus’ testimonies because he was talking of realities outside the realm of their experience. They needed rebirth in the Spirit in order to understand.
In our life experience heavenly realities are getting harder to absorb now that morals are eroding. Take for example the issue on divorce. About ten years ago it was already predicted that “death” bills would be introduced in Congress. “Death” stands for divorce, euthanasia, abortion, total contraception, homosexual unions. Nobody really believed Congress would go this far. We were battling then against the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill. Slowly as values deteriorated, people became receptive to the idea of introducing divorce in the country. Today, support for the divorce bill is snowballing.
That no man should put asunder what God has joined is so clearly etched in the pages of the Bible. But people today no longer understand this because paradigms have shifted towards practicality. It is now very difficult for people to understand that divorce is inconsistent with the sacredness of marriage. When the divorce bill will be passed, our consciences will already be attuned to the other bills being lined up. “Death” will surely be passed, unless we seek rebirth in the Spirit. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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