“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 3:3-8

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said [to Nicodemus],

“I am telling you the truth:

no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.”

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“How can a grown man be born again?” Nicodemus asked.

“He certainly cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time!”

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“I am telling you the truth,” replied Jesus,

“that no one can enter the Kingdom of God

without being born of water and the Spirit.

A person is born physically of human parents,

but is born spiritually of the Spirit.

Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again.

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The wind blows wherever it wishes;

you hear the sound it makes,

but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going.

It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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– John 3:3-8 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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This is our Lord’s first reference to Christian Baptism,

confirming John the Baptist’s prophecy

that He had come to institute a baptism with the Holy Spirit.

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Here Jesus reveals an astonishing truth to us:

that one must be born again, in a spiritual birth, by water and the Spirit.

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Our Lord’s words paint a limitless horizon for the spiritual advancement

of any Christian who, willingly and full of trust and hope, lets himself or herself be led by divine grace and the gifts of the Holy Spirit,

which are infused at Baptism and enhanced by the Sacraments.

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When Our Lord says that everyone who is born of the Spirit is like the wind,

He is speaking of the wonderful effects the Holy Spirit produces in the soul of the baptised:

when the wind blows we realise its presence, we hear it whistling,

but we do not know where it came from, or where it will end up.

So it is with the Holy Spirit, the Divine "Breath" given to us in Baptism:

we do not know how the Spirit comes to penetrate our heart,

but He makes His presence felt by the change in the conduct of whoever receives Him.

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However, to be born again of the Spirit,

and to understand what God is teaching us in our soul,

we not only need to be willing to open our soul to God

but we also need to stop focusing on ourselves

and keep at bay our selfish appetites and inclinations of pride.

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God communicates Himself most to those who progress in love;

namely, to those who gladly accept the will of God.

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QUOTE…

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“There are two births…

One is of earth, the other is of Heaven;

one is of the flesh, the other of the Spirit;

one of mortality, the other of eternity;

one of male and female, the other of God and the Church.

But the two are each unique; neither one nor the other can be repeated.”

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– St. Augustine

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SONG…

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Invite the Lord in song and prayer to breathe in you…

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Come breathe in me, Lord.

Come live in me, Lord, all my life take over. Come Holy Spirit, come!

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