Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Monday 29 April 2019
"Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."
What does to "Be born again mean" ?! One could write many things , but this week , on the fifth week of the Child Christ I would like to reflect about Obedience !! The child Jesus is obedient , pays attention to His parents , His surrounding…The 12 year old Jesus stays for three days in Jerusalem , listens to the services , talks with the priests , puts questions to them ,but when His parents take Him by the hand , then He goes home -HE OBEYS- Yes I should become aware of the great truth , God is obeying the sons of men !
After the start of His public ministry , Jesus says it literally : “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4,34
In Jesus’ life obedience , paying attention to His parents and later on to the Heavenly Father is paramount and not only till events go well , but even later on Holy Thursday , Good Friday as well… "He knelt down and prayed,42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” …. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22, 41-45
Yes, to be born again means , with the words of Saint Paul:" I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. “ Galatians 2,20
My conscience is God’s word , to obey God means , that I live my life in my small family at home, but in my big Family as well , in the Church paying attention to the signs of time , day after day listening to my conscience !!
Do I want to learn a childlike disposition from Christ ? Humbly I should embark on the way of obedience …. God like a heavenly GPS leads us gently with love on the way of eternal love . No matter where I wander off , knows the right way , that guides me on and speaks to us , through our family, our surrounding , our Church , through the words of the Holy Gospel . Every word of His has to go through the filter of my conscience , and if this inner convictions shine through, then I am progressing on the right way ! God leads me whether through the “bath” of repentance , or even through Golgotha as well, even through the stations of the cross of Good Friday , He can lead me to the eternal Easter , to the resurrection with Him , to eternal life !!
Father Csaba .
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by 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 do apart from the presence of God." Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."