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Acts 4:32-37
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
John 3:7-15

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risen life is radical

“You must all be begotten from above.” —John 3:7

One simple test of whether or not you’re living the radically different risen life is your attitude toward money. If you live the risen life, you aren’t preoccupied with money. Like Barnabas and other disciples in the early Church, you’d gladly sell your “property or houses” for the Lord (Acts 4:34). It isn’t a problem to tithe and give alms, for you’re more concerned with the welfare of the needy than with possessions (Acts 4:34-35).

Risen life is radically different from “non-risen” life. The difference is even more striking than the contrast between the murky darkness of the womb and the dazzling brightness of sunlight (see Jn 3:3). To a person not living the risen life, understanding risen life is like a child in the womb trying to understand the wind outside the womb (see Jn 3:8). Such a person probably can’t understand why someone would tithe, but they do hunger for the joy, newness, peace, and freedom they see in those who truly live the risen life.

At present, you may not feel like a soaring eagle, but risen life has nothing to do with your feelings. It has everything to do with the action of the Holy Spirit begetting you from above (Jn 3:6). Jesus is risen! He is “the Resurrection and the Life” (Jn 11:25). With Mary, say: “Lord, let it be done to me according to Your will” (see Lk 1:38). Be born to risen life.

Prayer:  Jesus, how can I settle for a half-life when You offer me life to the full? (Jn 10:10) I want everything You have for me.

Promise:  “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in Him.” —Jn 3:14-15

Praise:  Sadie saw the healing power of the Eucharist as she observed a co-worker grow in holiness once that person became a daily communicant.

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