He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
– John 1:11-13
We are all “chosen”, yet so many carry on rejecting Him despite His calling them to be His friends.
Receiving Jesus, the Word made flesh, means accepting Him through faith, for it is through faith that Christ dwells in our hearts.
Believing in His name means believing in His Person, in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God.
The contrast between physical birth (from human passion or plan) and supernatural birth (which comes from God) shows that those who believe in Jesus Christ are made children of God by the free gift of faith and grace.
“Christ’s union with man is power and the source of power. […] ‘The Word gave power to become children of God.’ Man is transformed inwardly by this power as the source of a new life that does not disappear and pass away but lasts to eternal life.”
– Saint Pope John Paul II
Father, thank You for making me Your child;
for softening my heart with Your love and Your grace.
Abba, thank You for Jesus,
who rushed into my heart, when I finally opened it and gladly welcomed Him in to dwell.
It was then, that I was born anew.
Abba Father, my Lord and my God,