Just about this time every year, I find myself reflecting on the fact that I have something of a soul brother in Nicodemus.
All this week at Mass, we hear the dialogue between the holy man and Jesus — a talk that takes place at night, because Nicodemus doesn’t seem eager to risk his social status…by publicly associating with a dude like Jesus.
As the conversation continues, things don’t get easier for the learned man. In fact, he’s confounded by what Jesus tells him — that he must be “born from above.”
How can this happen? Nicodemus wonders (not unreasonably) aloud.
And yet, it can happen. It does happen.
It happened to me, quite unexpectedly a few years back. And I thought you might be edified by my retelling of the episode, as recounted in this blog post from 2015: