Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042417.cfm
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
We must be baptized and then again reborn in the Spirit. What does that mean for you? We must accept that the power of the Holy Spirit that came upon the Apostles is for us also. He is there for us to accept or deny. If we accept, we have a wonderful helper who brings us closer to the Lord than we can ever do on our own. Accepting the gifts of the Holy Spirit and believing in the power you are given when you do is vital to your eternal life. Are you ready to receive all that the Lord has for you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the gifts you have given to me and I am ready to receive more. You tell us to ask and you shall receive. I am asking Lord and thanking you in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord, Alleluia!