In his morning Mass in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on this Monday of the Second Week of Easter, Pope Francis prayed for all those involved in politics:

“Let us pray today for the men and women who have a political vocation: politics is a high form of charity. For the political parties of the different countries, so that at this time of pandemic they seek together the good of the country and not the good of their own party”.

In his homily, Pope Francis commented on today’s Gospel (Jn 3:1-8), in which Jesus tells the Pharisee Nicodemus, who had gone to Him at night, that if one is not born from above, one cannot see the Kingdom of God.

Not all Pharisees were bad, said the Pope, and Nicodemus was a righteous Pharisee who felt uneasy and sought the Lord.

But Nicodemus does not know how to make this leap: to be born of the Spirit, because the Spirit is unpredictable. Whoever is guided by the Spirit is a docile and free person.

The Christian must not only keep the commandments, but must be guided by the Spirit, where the Spirit wants, in the freedom of the Spirit: he or she must let the Spirit guide us where we do not know.

The Pope also commented on the passage from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:23-31), in which, after the liberation of Peter and John, the disciples of Jesus pray together to God to be able to proclaim His word with all frankness in the face of difficulties and threats.

This courage, affirmed the pontiff, is the fruit of the Spirit. One is reborn from above with prayer.

(With information from Vatican News)

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