Christ, you are the most open-spirited person in
history. You are open to all who sincerely seek you. So I seek you now, Lord, through this
meditation. I hunger for your friendship and grace. I love you, but I long for my love to grow so I
can be ever closer to you and more and more like you.
open my heart to you who are truth itself.
1. The Openness and Sincerity are
Just some moments prior, Christ has spoken of himself as living water (John
7:38), and some in the crowd react much the same way as did the Samaritan woman at the well.
At first they thought of him as a prophet, but now they begin to believe that he is the
Messiah. "Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone
who comes to me…" (John 6:37). Even the temple guards could not bring themselves to arrest
him, so compelling were his words. Christ tells his apostles not to prepare any words in their
defense when they are dragged before judges and magistrates (Cf. Mark 13:11). Living in the
truth is our best preparation for communicating it in a compelling way.
The leaders however, as Nicodemus points out, are not even willing to encounter
Christ and hear him out. Their obstinacy leads them to error: "Look and see that no
prophet arises from Galilee." (What about Jonah and Hosea?) It also leads them to malice .
They are not even willing to give Jesus the benefit of the doubt that he simply might have been
delusional about his identity; instead, pushed by jealousy, they have already made up their minds to
accuse him of willful deception. Do I knowingly and willingly shy away from the truth, any
truth? Do I realize where this could and will lead me?
3. The Truth Will Set You
The truth is often difficult to swallow. In particular, the truth about Christ in
relation to my life he is my Lord, he is my Redeemer, he deserves my all seems somehow fanatic,
irrational, and unnatural in a world which values technological progress, political correctness, and
looking out for number one. But Christians worthy of the name, in all centuries and in all walks of
life, have discovered that believing in the person of Jesus Christ, who meant every word he said, is
an experience of real freedom. It is a freedom from the dead end world of materialism, sin and
death. It is a freedom to live a life of love, truly human and divine, a love like Christ's love for
me, up to death on a Cross!
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, no one has ever
spoken like you. You have given us your Word in
the gospels. I realize that I
need to have much more frequent contact
with your words so as to free me from my
blindness. Let my understanding
of your Word never serve me as an occasion of
vainglory or arrogance,
rather as a tool to help others come to know you
I will break down a prejudice that I still harbor in my
heart against some aspect of Christ's message.