“You must be born anew”
Meditation for Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
(Acts 4:32-37; Jn 3:7-15)
What is the implication of the Resurrection for those who believe? This is demonstrated in the life of the early Church as given in the first reading of today, and the discussion of Jesus and Nicodemus. In the resurrection, human life is glorified and endowed with divine qualities. The resurrected Jesus passed through closed doors as divine and ate food as humans. A new experience of life dawned at Easter. And those who believed in the Resurrection of Jesus are expected to live out this new life.
The first reading tells us how the early believers were united in one heart and soul and owned everything in common. With this, they conquered poverty and hunger. Interestingly, not everyone brought in something, but they owned and shared all they had equally. Think about the depth of human selfishness, greed, and envy! These natural forces hold us bound to like the tombstone that covers the grave. But faith in the resurrection was able to transplant the believers into a principle of life that was uncommon, uneconomical, and unimaginable to the human mind. Still, it solved the age-long problem that the greatest economies of the world have not been able to solve, that is, poverty and hunger. So, we must consider the principle of the life of the resurrection as we plan to build up wealth and status. This principle is that whatever I own must not be mine alone to consume, but it is equally ‘owned’ by others!
This kind of mindset is like going against the current, for the human mind is selfish by default. Hence, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born anew.” This means to be born of the Holy Spirit. It is allowing ourselves to be drawn up to Jesus in faith. It is like ascending to heaven while still on earth! To be ‘born anew’ can be described as allowing our faith and hope in Jesus to become our REASON for living, and to express this life with love and charity. Baptism guarantees us access to this new life in Christ Jesus.
This new life in the resurrection derives its ultimate joy and relevance in Christ alone. “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil 3:8). This is the new reasoning of the Easter people; a new way of life that brings unity, and conquers poverty and hunger. Amen.
Fr Jude C. Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022.