Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Monday in the Octave of Easter
April 17, 2023, John 3:1-8
“How Do I Get To The Other Side?”
You may have heard about the two people walking on the opposite side of the riverbank. One asks, “How do I get to the other side?” The other response is, “You are on the other side.” Nicodemus knows something special about Jesus and cannot put his finger on it.
All he has to go by is the Law, and following the Law, whatever that might be for us, can never change our hearts or bring us from death to life. Think of a moment in the past when we were living in death, only for ourselves.
Jesus clarifies that living on the other side of death is something we could never do ourselves. All we can do on this side of death is live for ourselves.
There may be a situation we face right now that gets the best of us. We can’t cross that river no matter what we do or how hard we try. Guess what? We have crossed that river in the waters of our baptism. Those waters are still flowing from the heart of Jesus we see in the painting Jesus created through the hands of St. Faustina.
Parents pass on their genes to their children. So we take on the genes of our Father in heaven. We have the look, touch, words, and actions of his firstborn son from the dead, Jesus Christ. So as he said, “Do not look for the living among the dead.” Let’s not stay stuck in our old ways of living and all their vices. Live on the other side.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC