“He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.”

John 3:2

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

John 3:1-21

At the beginning of chapter three of John’s Gospel, we are told that Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night. He seeks Jesus out to talk to him. His prominent role and position in the national cabinet, called the Sanhedrin, made him one of the custodians of their religious tradition. He was expected by many to be an expert on the law and on God. Being seen with Jesus might have been risky for him and may have compromised him. Perhaps he feared his questions would expose his vulnerability. Nicodemus wants to have what we could call a ‘spiritual conversation’ with Jesus. He is seeking a spiritual companion because he desires to know more.

Jesus answers Nicodemus by showing him how important it is for him to experience God’s presence. Nicodemus realises – and this is probably why he comes to Jesus in the first place – that God is more than law, data or theological ideas. God is first and foremost love and wants to be in a loving relationship with each person. Nicodemus needs a companion who can help him live in a loving relationship with God.

Just as Nicodemus seeks out Jesus for a spiritual conversation, so too, we need others with whom we can talk about our relationship with God. When we expose our vulnerability and fragility in faith, we need people who can help us recognise how we experience God and how God is always inviting us into a loving relationship. These people may come in the guise of a fellow believer, a spiritual companion, someone in a faith-sharing group or a spiritual director. Our Christian faith is never a solitary affair. It is strengthened and deepened through or spiritual conversation and reflections with others.

Who has made a significant impact on your faith journey? Who do you turn to when your faith seems vulnerable and fragile? Give thanks today for those who journey with you, your spiritual companions, helping you deepen your experience and relationship with God.

Lord God,

Help me to see my life with new eyes, your eyes.

Teach me how to read the narrative of my own life so that I can see and rejoice in your work in my life.

Give me clarity of understanding this Lent.


Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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