Gospel: Jn 3:1-8
Among the Pharisees there was a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus. He came to Jesus by night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God to teach us, for no one can perform miraculous signs like yours unless God is with him.”
Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above.”
Nicodemus said, “How can there be rebirth for a grown man? Who could go back to his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Because of this, don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again from above.’
The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
There are many Nicodemus’ among us today. They are cautious and not ready to make a public act of faith. Yet they feel a tug in their heart that makes them also uneasy. They have to satisfy their curiosity. And so even if in the cover of darkness, they attempt to get in touch with the Lord. They bring with them their doubts, their confusion and indecision. They genuinely search for the truth even if they still have their fears. Our challenge as followers of the Lord is how to take care of the Nicodemus’ of our times. Is our faith strong enough to convince them to set aside their fears and embrace the Lord? And so we are invited today to check our faith and see whether it is worth passing on to others who are searching for the truth that could give meaning to their lives.