We began the season of Lent by walking with Jesus from the desert to the mountain and from the mountain to the temple. Today we are given Nicodemus, so that we may imitate his journey which led him to Christ who was for him a great Teacher. To have this encounter with Jesus, he had to listen to his friend Philip who said to him, come and see. This listening gave him the possibility to convert and to come to the Lord. Last week's theme was conversion, the purification of man. The first reading tells us about the purification that led the people to be converted. Through conversion, they tasted God's mercy.
On this Rose Sunday (the liturgical color is pink), the Sunday of joy, we are invited to discover Jesus, not as a great teacher, but as the Christ and Savior. We will see him not only as a suffering servant on the Cross, but also as the Lord of lords, the Christ in glory. Today's gospel reveals to us the divine plan, that we should have eternal life. It seems to many of us that the incarnation happened, because of our sins. In truth, he tells us that he has not come to judge us, for sin deserves judgment. God so loved the world', St John tells us. It is in his love that he came to give us eternal life.
And eternal life, St John tells us, is knowing God as he is. To better understand this divine love, we are invited to look at this God-Man, lifted up on the Cross. For us believers, the Cross is a sign of divine love. If we are not able to understand this love expressed on the Cross, we cannot understand anything. The purified man will be able to understand it. The purification of the temple was an imperative to discover this God of love and compassion. "Whoever among you belongs to his people, let the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem.” If we belong to this group of believers, who listen the word of God and put them in practice, then we have a mission to accomplish. Before accepting this divine mission, we have to ask a fundamental question. "Do we belong to God?
St John gives us a clue to better understand this belonging. "For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.. In every moment of life, we are called to choose what leads us towards the light and leave behind all the leads us to the darkness. "Let us be the men who walk towards the light, and let us imitate Nicodemus in walking from darkness to light. For this, let us look at Christ on the Cross, accept the love expressed and discover the Christ of glory. Let this week be a week of Light, and let us walk towards the light, Christ. Amen.