Let us Live Love
The passage from John‘s gospel that we hear this week begins in the midst of Jesus’ nighttime conversation with Nicodemus. Nicodemus has gone to Jesus because of a deep yearning. What do I need to do to be closer to God? To be right with God? How can I have more meaning in my life?
Though he was a religious leader, something was lacking. He was educated, well connected and respected. He is unlike some of the Pharisees that Jesus has criticized for their hypocrisy, the ones who thought they had nothing left to learn, that there was no room for growth, that they never made a mistake and that God was on their side. Nicodemus is far less certain. He wanted something more.
And so, Jesus gives him a long answer with many moving parts that have to do with loving what God loves and as God loves. What are our expressions of loving as God loves?