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, no one can
see the kingdom of God without being born from
above." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a person 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
you know my needs better than I do. I turn
to your Spirit to teach me what to ask
for in this prayer. I want to fulfill your holy
will over my life. I love you, Lord and
I place all my hope in you.
Lord, increase my sensitivity to your Spirit.
Eyes: What do the eyes of our head see?
They see the work of God in creation telling us
that he loves us. They see creatures as a
means to know and respond to our loving Creator.
Our eyes see opportunities to exercise the love that we
learn from this Creator. They see the mystery of
Christ’s love in the Eucharist. They see around us
the work of the Spirit in the Church, the Mystical
Body of Christ. The eyes are the apparatus of
faith and serve us well on our way to the
everlasting Kingdom. Is this the case for my own
2. Eyes of the Heart: If the things that
flow from the heart can defile a man, so too
the things that flow from the heart can sanctify
a man. The eyes are also the apparatus of the
heart. The eyes will focus on what the heart
treasures. Christ stated it so clearly: “The eye is
the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is
healthy, your whole body will be full of light;
but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body
will be full of darkness. If then the light in
your eye is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
3. Eyes of the Soul: “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
the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, speaks to
our souls without the noise of words. The eyes
of the soul, guided by the same Spirit, help us
to see -- to relish what is right and
always rejoice in his consolation. In this Easter season, the
Spirit begins to stir, and the Church begins to
chant more fervently: “Veni Sancti Spiritus! Come Holy Spirit!”
As members of this Mystical Body it is a compelling
duty and a delightful right for us to join
in this prayer.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus
Christ, you promised to send your Holy Spirit upon your
Church, and you prepared the disciples on multiple occasions
to make themselves ready. Just as the Israelites quickly
made ready for the Passover as people prepped for a
journey, guide me to be prepared to journey with
Resolution: I will invoke the
Holy Spirit in short prayers at three different times today.