April 20, 2020

In today’s gospel reading, we encounter the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus on being born again. The events of the past few months may bring about a feeling that as members of the human family, we are being born again into a world of uncertainty. Disease, economic chaos, and forced isolation seem to be taking us to a place difficult to comprehend. And yet we have just experienced the great feast of Easter, which celebrates our rebirth through water and the Spirit in baptism.

Perhaps what we are being asked to do in this time of rebirth is to rediscover who we are in the depths of our beings. As come to a deeper appreciation of who the Lord calls us to be, we are being asked to renew our relationships with one another, especially in our families as we spend more time together. And as we are being asked to refrain from coming together in our communities of faith perhaps, we are being challenged to rediscover the importance of community. Hopefully, we have developed a deep hunger for the Eucharist. We cannot change ourselves, but we can trust in the power of God to transform us.

We may not always understand how God is working in our lives, but we can trust in the outcome. In the reading from Acts, we are given a glimpse of just how powerful the Spirit acted in the early Christian community. “As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.” May our prayer shake our world with the Spirit’s presence.

Saint Eymard reminds us: “Be serious about the presence of God, and you will have a center of strength and consolation.” (From a letter written in 1868 to Mme. Mathilde Giraud-Jordan)

How am I being asked to experience rebirth today?

Let us pray:

Lord, send your Spirit into our hearts that we may experience peace and hope, and enable us to carry this peace and hope to those around us most in need of your embrace. Amen.


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About Mary Muehle

Mary is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament, parishioner of Saint Paschal Baylon Church and a chaplain at Grace Hospice in Cleveland, Ohio.