In John’s gospel, Nicodemus attempts to read the “signs” he sees Jesus performing, and has questions about spiritual things that don’t quite make sense to him.
To these comments of Nicodemus, Jesus says “Now wait just a minute; what makes you think you are capable of reading the signs you saw? You struggle to understand earthly things, let alone the things of heaven.”
Nicodemus, of course, is playing a role in this conversation – he represents each of us as well.
We must understand that God, in all his three persons, is not just the God of things we don’t understand. He is also Lord of the everyday world around us, of the world that wakes every morning to go to work, and of our humble homes and crops growing in the fields. Our God is present in the everyday lives of his people.
And just as Jesus prophesied to Nicodemus, we have been given the only sign we need – that of Christ being lifted up on the cross, and resurrected on the third day.
We each have been given a unique lifetime to enjoy what God has given us, to love him and to love one another. All the unknown will be explained in due time, but our time to live is now. And we need to use this precious gift wisely.
We have the promise of Christ. That our faith in his death and resurrection for your sins has saved us, bringing you everlasting life upon the death of our mortal bodies. In the blink of an eye, there will be no more hurt or pain, and we will be in the arms of our Creator.
The same Christ who gives us this promise now asks that we go and share it with others, so they may experience the same joy. Blessings on your journey!
. SISTER JOAN PHYLLIS DYREKS Feb 23, 1938 -- July 16, 2023 . “What you hold, may you always hold. What you do, may you always do and never abandon.” — Letter of St. Clare to Agnes of Prague, 1237 This letter could easily have been written to our Sister Joan Phyllis...