Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

April 21, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: Saint Anselm, Doctor of the Church (1033-1109) patron Saint of Philosophers

Acts of the Apostles 4:32-37

Psalm 93

John 3:7b-15


Leading up to today’s Gospel from Saint John, we meet Nicodemus, a high-ranking Pharisee who visits Jesus under the cover of darkness.  He shows great interest in Our Lord and wants to learn more about Him.  Jesus, as we heard yesterday, tells him that he, Nicodemus, needs to be born again.  Nicodemus wonders how he can be born again and return to his mother’s womb.

What Jesus really meant is for Nicodemus to be born of the Spirit, which we know sacramentally occurs through Baptism.  But it is not just about the Baptism itself, but about what it means to live in the Spirit of God once one has been born again.  We heard Jesus say, “The wind blows wherever it wills and you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know whence it comes or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born in the Spirit.”

So here is old Nicodemus hiding from his fellow Pharisees, worried about being seen with Jesus, hiding within his comfort zone where he is safe, where he has control.  But God says, “No, Nicodemus, you must rely upon, depend upon, and trust in me!  Stop hiding in the darkness and come out!  Rise to a new life! Believe in me, trust in me and I will lead you and I will keep you safe.”

Since we are a people born of the Spirit, we should never seek Jesus in darkness but in the light.  We should never seek Him in secret but always in the open.  The beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation allows us to be one with Jesus who is the true “Light of the World.”  Please stay safe.

Question of the Day:  Will you allow the Holy Spirt be the light of your life when you are in spiritual darkness?

Prayer:  O King of glory, send us the Promise of the Father, the Spirit of Truth.  May the Counselor Who proceeds from You enlighten us and infuse all truth in us, as You have promised.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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