“Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?’” vss. 9-10
Nicodemus didn’t understand Jesus’ talk about the Spirit of God. It wasn’t that he didn’t know the scriptures, after all he was a teacher of the law, but he didn’t get that the Spirit blows where it wills and not according to our presuppositions. People can know thousands of bible verses and still be totally blind to the movement of God in the world. It’s not that knowledge is bad for us–it’s a good thing for folks to get college degrees, study theology, and maybe even go to seminary. But we don’t need all that to feel the wind of God in our faces and to bear the fruit of the Spirit in our daily lives. More often than not we most fully experience the Divine Presence in ordinary people whose lives, for one reason or another, have been brought into congruence with God’s love through daily prayer and quiet passionate living. Such persons speak of what they have seen and bear testimony to what they have experienced and in their eyes we see the Christ-light clearly. Their books and resources are not found in libraries or even on-line, but they have drunk deeply of God’s grace and reflect God’s kindness–and we are grateful to call them our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Thought for the Day: Who or what has been my fount of knowledge?