Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Jn 3:1-8 Beyond The Obvious

Monday of the Second Week of Easter
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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 him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."

As Christians, we are blessed to have St. John's written account of a private conversation the Lord had with a Pharisee.  In some ways, it resembles the conversations Christians often have with skeptics.

Beyond the obvious.  Jesus said to Nicodemus, "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?"   

I'm not sure I would have asked that question.  I find it a bit childish.  But then again, I find many questions from skeptics to be childish.  For example, the hilarious comparison between God and, say, Batman; or Jesus and Zeus; or the Trinity with pagan deities.  The comparisons are superficial at their best and insulting at their worst.

Nicodemus' mind is no different than that of the contemporary skeptic.  His mind has settled on the obvious, nothing less - because there is nothing less than the obvious - and nothing more - as if there were nothing more than what enters through the eye.

Recently, I was in the company of a woman who had a dog on her lap.  I observed how she struggled to get her dog's attention and to get it to do what she wanted it to do.  At a certain moment, I said to her:  "I find it amazing - intriguing - how humans cannot have an in-depth conversation with any creature other than themselves."  The woman told me, "Well, the reason for that is pretty obvious.  It's because they do not have highly developed vocal cords." 

I just looked at her.  She missed the point, entirely. 

A while back, while studying physics, I was amazed at the possibility of life existing on other planets.  I asked the professor why, if aliens existed, they had to exist so far away from us?  He said, "Well, it's because it's hard for a planet to meet all the necessary conditions for intelligent life to exist."

I just looked at him.  He missed the point, entirely.

So what is the point?  Go deeper.  Don't be content with the mechanics of things; that is, the superficial and obvious, but rather cast your net into the deeper realms of existence and see what you will find. 

"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."

Our Lord was constantly casting His net into ever deeper waters when He told his disciples and followers to "love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you" (cf. Mt 5:33). "Forgive your brother seven times seventy-times" (cf. Mt. 18:22).  "Ask and you shall receive.  Seek and you shall find.  Knock and the door shall be opened." (cf. Mt 7:7).

What surfaced was unimaginable?  Fishers of men!

Let us ask our Lord on this solemn day to fish us out of shallow waters and throw us into the depths of His most sacred heart and mind -  a heart of unimaginable beauty and a mind of incredible ingenuity. 


  1. Great cartoon; too funny!

  2. Father, you're meditations are truly appreciated. The blog is new to me, and I look forward to building upon my perspective with your take alongside my journey as a newly inducted Catholic. Your delivery of, and love for The Word is very influential.
    I've discovered new, enlightening territory when bracing myself in search of greater truth instead of what conveniences me to simply cross off with simple reasoning. There are many issues we have to wake up our mind about.
    On a minor note: I have a confession to make...I chuckled for a minute reading your excerpt of John 3:1. Maybe it was due to my readiness in becoming so focused in what you had to share, and I unexpectedly read "Rabbit". (Or because I'm still jubilant about having recently been confirmed and the new life and family I have picked up from it.)
    God bless you. You and your good work are in my prayers.

  3. Great meditation, Father! Yes, the word should be "Rabbi" instead of Rabbit. ;-)

  4. Yes. Thank you so much. I finally fixed it. Let me know whenever you see the really "obvious" stuff. :)

  5. I have been reflecting a lot on your dialogue on the obvious for the past couple of days. It seems to me when we "go deeper", we come full circle to the "obvious." The message seems so simple, God's love for us so evident. Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, true God and true Man, came into this world to free us from the bondage of sin and death. He loves us so much, He laid down His life for us. We are called to the fullness of LIfe and the splendor of Truth. We are called to love one another as He loved us. It seems so obvious! Please help me understand what I am missing.

    I love the meditation of Teresa of Avila:

    Christ has no body but yours,
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
    Yours are the eyes with which he looks
    Compassion on this world,
    Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
    Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
    Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
    Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
    Christ has no body now but yours,
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
    Yours are the eyes with which he looks
    compassion on this world.
    Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


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