26th APRIL 2022

Living All-In for Jesus' Kingdom - Seedbed



Acts 4: 32-37;             Ps 93: 1-2, 5;              Jn 3: 7-15


In the first reading, we learn how the early Christians lived in unity, with one heart and mind. They were open and generous in sharing their possessions with one another. In fact, they were inspired by each other’s generosity; an example is Barnabas who sold his property and laid the proceeds at the feet of the apostles. This shows that they tried to live like the Lord who came “not to be served but to serve”, making sacrifices themselves in order to be of service to others. Their unique testimony helped bring many to the faith. True Christian living finds its highest expression in a life of sharing, unbridled by selfishness, personal ambition or the desire for one’s own security.

In today’s Gospel, we find the interaction between Nicodemus and Jesus. Jesus tells Nicodemus that being born from above is not something that we can do. We may sense it but it is not within our control. We cannot make it happen. We can only remain open to the Spirit, ready to receive him when he chooses to come. We do this by praying for this grace with faith, patience and perseverance. With the coming of the Spirit, we shall be born anew, born into the life that the early Christians lived, a life unshackled by the selfishness of the world and unencumbered by its fleeting preoccupations. This new life is a spiritual gift.

The Easter season carries the message of new life, inaugurated in the resurrection of the Lord himself. Let us therefore live these days of grace in preparation for the feast of Pentecost, reflecting on what it means to be reborn by the power of the Spirit, and offering our prayer to the Father to be found worthy for this exalted spiritual gift, i.e., the grace to live like Christ, loving God and serving his people, free from material attachments and worldly preoccupations, and with our gaze focused on the glorious life to come in the heavenly kingdom.

Response: The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed.

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