"Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." John 3:1-17
The Trinity often seems like an un-graspable mystery. Theologians and artists have tried to capture the nature of the triune God. And yet, the Trinity is as close as relationship and family. Whether born of the same blood or chosen as family, we all know what it means to be in an intimate relationship with another. We are uniquely ourselves and yet changed, interdependent with separate gifts and expressions. To be born from above means to see ourselves no longer as an individual, with a sole sense of exceptionalism, but rather we see ourselves made whole and fuller in relationship.
Jesus and Nicodemus have a profound conversation. This brilliant theologian comes to Jesus, confused and concerned about his lack of understanding. I am certain that because we know Nicodemus' name, we can also be certain that he was changed forever through his relationship with Jesus. The impact was profound and eternal, as it is for each of us.
Today I ask God to open my heart to the fullness of the Trinity, to the movement of the Holy Spirit and to God's divine working in every measure of this day. May we be born anew through the many gifts of God that are showered upon us this day. And may we share that bountiful love and compassion with the needy world around us.