Lenten Reflection for Wed 2/20/2013

Psalm am: 119:49-72
pm: 49, 53 Deuteronomy 9:13-21
Hebrews 3:12-19 John 2:23-3:15

“Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without
being born from above.”   —-John 3:3

When I first read the verse that I was assigned, I honestly groaned a little.
The term “born again,” in my mind has been twisted, turned, used for ammunition,
to separate, and to make people feel guilty. What does it mean to be
“born again” anyway? I was sure that I was going to pick another, easier
verse. Maybe a nice Psalm or something.
But as I was driving home from work the next day, I noticed a man in my
neighborhood who is often standing on one of the street corners. You’ve
probably seen him. He often blares his Gospel music and holds a big sign, “Ye
must be born again.” He smiles and waves at the passing cars, day in and day
out on some street corner in Harrisburg. I’ve seen him at least 4 times in the
past week, in 4 different places.
And it made me think. Maybe this verse, which has grown musty and old in
my mind, deserves another look. This man believes in this message enough to
stand on every street corner, in the freezing cold and in the hottest days of
summer. It made me think about what it means to be, as my Bible translation
says, “born from above.” Born again. Reborn. Renewed. Transformed. Jesus
tells Nicodemus, “You must be born of water and the Spirit.” We are called
to be in the present moment, here on earth, and yet with a focus on heavenly
things. Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is here, but if we are not attentive
to the Spirit, we will miss it. Being “born from above” is not a one time,
snap decision. It is a call to be alive, to be open to the Spirit at all times and in
all places. We, as Christians, are to be walking and living in the Spirit, listening
to God’s voice and becoming aware of the Spirit’s presence in ourselves
and in those around us.
Micalagh Beckwith Moritz
Social Worker, Coffee/tea lover, Traveler, Wife

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