Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
In the Prologue of John’s Gospel he very specifically tells us that Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness. John tells us that Jesus reveals God his Father to us. Jesus was in the world that was made thru Him, but the world did not know who He was.
Today’s Gospel is found in the third chapter of John’s Gospel. In chapters two and three John describes several encounters others have with Jesus… others who just don’t seem to understand Jesus or grasp his message. They don’t reject Jesus, but Jesus doesn’t fit their way of seeing things. He doesn’t fit into their understanding of their world.
In today’s Gospel from the third Chapter of John, we have part of the encounter of Jesus with Nicodemus who comes to question Jesus, this mysterious person, about whom everyone is talking. Nicodemus ends up not understanding Jesus, but not rejecting him. He just doesn’t get it.
How many in our world just don’t get Jesus? What about us? In this Easter Season when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the Powers of Darkness and Death, how well do we understand Jesus? Here are some questions to ask ourselves:
What do I admire about Jesus? What stories of Jesus, or teachings of Jesus touch me?
Am I devoted to Jesus? Is Jesus important to me? We are not devoted to someone whom we don’t admire.
Do I try to imitate Jesus? Do I see myself in the beautiful prayer of St. Francis? Do I ask Jesus to make me an instrument of his peace? We don’t imitate some whom we don’t admire and to whom we are not devoted.
Our world is so often caught up in consumerism, in buying the new and improved which is guaranteed to make us happy… or money back. Are we caught up on this superficial world too much? How much time do we spend watching TV and how much time do we spend in prayer each day, perhaps even reading the stories of Jesus in the Gospels so that we can admire Jesus even more deeply, be devoted to him more lovingly and imitate him more closely?
In this Easter time we ask the risen Christ to help us carry on his mission of compassion and mercy to a hurting world. Jesus’ work continues. He calls us to continue his mission, to share the joy of the Gospel thru our lives. We ask the risen Lord to help us bring the light of his life and teachings into our world.
- Fr. Donald Ware, C.P.