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Lent Two - The Need to be Born Again

We often think of Lent as unmitigated suffering and heaviness but in this second week of the season of Lent we have this beautiful reading from John’s gospel (John 3:1-17) and we are reminded that whatever heaviness and struggle Lent brings it is so that we can emerge on Easter dawn with the newly risen Lord alive to a new life.

In some ways we should hear this gospel reading (John 3:1-17) of the need to be born again alongside of, or as the other bookend to the reading we will hear in Holy Week when Jesus will say to the Greeks “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it will remain just a single grain but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) In many ways these two images of rebirth and death are mirror images of the same spiritual truth: the great universal wisdom known to many traditions and absolutely central to our Christian belief, that we need to di