For 17 April 2012, Wednesday of 2nd week of Easter, based on John 3:7-15
Do not be astonished that I said to you, â€˜You must be born from above.â€™ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.â€ Nicodemus said to him, â€œHow can these things be?â€ Jesus answered him, â€œAre you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? â€œVery truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.