Like the slow dawning of the sun, Nicodemus comes to believe gradually
by Sister Laura Zelten
This weekend we return to Daylight Saving Time as we “spring ahead” an hour. In Sunday’s Gospel of John, which focuses on the theme of light, I was drawn to Nicodemus who, over the course of three passages, moves from meeting Jesus in the dark of night to proclaiming boldly in the light of day.
We encounter Nicodemus on Sunday as he comes to Jesus in the dead of night. Nicodemus is a Pharisee, the group of religious leaders who often opposed Jesus’ ministry. As Nicodemus listens to Jesus speak of the light of the kingdom of God Nicodemus begins to understand that Jesus is the One sent by God.
The next time we encounter Nicodemus is in Jerusalem near the time of the Passion. He partially comes into the light by questioning his peers. While Nicodemus doesn't admit he is a believer he does remind the Sanhedrin that Jesus has the right to a trial (John 7:50).
The third time we meet Nicodemus is when he and Joseph of Arimathea go to Pilate to obtain the body of Jesus for a proper burial (John 19:39). This was an amazing demonstration of courage and sacrifice. This time Nicodemus goes without fearing that he will be associated as a believer of Jesus. He has gone from meeting in the dark night to speaking in the light.
- Today, how are we called to stand for truth?
- Where would we place ourselves on the continuum from darkness to light?
- What is one way this week you will be known as a follower of Jesus?