BORN FROM ABOVE (John 3:1-8)

April 20, 2020frjohnma

“Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-3). 

After the Easter Octave which centres on the resurrection of Christ; from the second week of Easter (Eastertide), we are presented with readings that are to help us in discovering and developing spiritual resources to live a resurrected life in Christ Jesus. The first step towards the resurrected life is to be born from above (to be born anew, to be born again). The Pauline verses above that serve as an epigraph to our prayer reflection for the day emphasizes that we live a life worthy of our experience of the resurrected Christ. To be born from above means primarily to be baptized in Christ and by extension, it goes with a responsibility. The responsibility is to be spiritually minded in all we do. Christ has resurrected and He is above, therefore we need to ascend and meet Him through a sound spiritual life. To do so is to enter into the school of the Holy Spirit, through prayer, search for the knowledge of self and witnessing.

Please pray for the Church, for the World, for yourself and for me.

Prayer: Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who have been renewed by paschal remedies,
transcending the likeness of our earthly parentage,
may be transformed in the image of our heavenly maker.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Comments (18)

  • Alicia

    April 20, 2020 at 10:27 am


    1. frjohnma

      April 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm


    2. Eby

      April 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      May the Lord bless His words in our hearts +. Thanks Fr. May God heal our world in Jesus name +.

      1. frjohnma

        April 20, 2020 at 5:26 pm

        Amen and Amen. Thanks for prayerfully reflecting

  • John Egbeji

    April 20, 2020 at 10:41 am

    May the whole world receive healing and we prayerfully join on daily basis in your priestly vocation. Thanks a million times for everything

    1. frjohnma

      April 20, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for your words

  • Ogbodim Cyprian obongha

    April 20, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Thanks Fr. For the word and pray, I pray for the grace of God to make me a new creature in him. Amen.

    1. frjohnma

      April 20, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      God bless you

  • AndyMarie

    April 20, 2020 at 10:56 am

    ‘It’s no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. Thanks padre for the sharing and prayer.

    1. frjohnma

      April 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Total consecration par excellence

  • Francis-Mary

    April 20, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Awesome. Thank you Fr for sharing this insightful thoughts on what it means to be “born from above.” More grace always.

    1. frjohnma

      April 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      I am so much grateful

  • Louis Mathias

    April 20, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Amen and amen 🙏. May God constantly renew us in the Spirit. Thanks Fr

    1. frjohnma

      April 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      My name is gratitude

  • Lady Jacintamary

    April 20, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    “To do so is to enter into the school of the Holy Spirit, through prayer”

    Prayer is our sure hope for survival.
    Thank you Fr Gratitude for your great insight & prayers.

    1. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 11:04 am

      I am humbled!

  • Chinwe

    April 21, 2020 at 4:42 am


    1. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Thanks and be blessed!

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