I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Reflection for Tuesday April 29 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church John 3:7-15

Gospel: John 3:7-15
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘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.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
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What does our firm faith in Jesus gives us? It gives us the courage to face the many challenges of our lives. It gives us the confidence that after our pilgrimage in this world is over we would now be having our eternal life with Jesus in heaven.

Faith is a gift that Jesus freely gives to each and everyone of us. However, even if it’s a gift we must also ask for it. For example if children want something from their parents they would ask for it from them. And once the parents realize that what their children are asking is reasonable then they would give it to them with love.

The same is true with faith; it’s a gift that we must ask Jesus to give us we ask for it in humble prayer. And if we do this Jesus would never refuse us He will freely give us this gift of faith. This same faith will now give us the confidence to always look-up and pray to Jesus on the cross.

In our gospel Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘You must be born from above. Perhaps Jesus is asking Nicodemus to have more faith in Him and not to have faith on himself and on this world. Perhaps, this is also what Jesus is asking from us today. We must also be born from above and never be born from this world. We must have our faith in Him and not have our faith in this world.

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