Free to ask questions
It’s night when Nicodemus draws near to Jesus. He’s not so much a secret admirer but a secret enquirer. Believing in the signs and miracles he’s witnessed Jesus do, he has questions in abundance. Afraid perhaps of disturbing his reputation as a Pharisee and even of the dangers of becoming a public disciple, he comes to Jesus under cover of darkness for a little illumination.
Even in our own day, there are places where to be a public disciple of Jesus is a dangerous way of life. Persecution abounds as we dwell in a world where difference doesn’t do. Likewise, other religions have been all too sadly and tragically familiar with persecution and which takes so many guises, all a permanent imprint on the human memory and a scar on the human heart.
Nicodemus is a seeker, stepping into darkness for a little illumination, searching for the truth with a head full of questions and a heart yearning for meaning in life. Perhaps, today, we can give some deeper thought and consideration to those who remain unpopular or who take risks simply for asking questions, seeking truth, or who live in a place where freedom of religion doesn’t exist. Who knows – we may even be enlightened by those who are different from us and with whom we disagree.
Lord God, we pray and yearn for a world where everywhere there is freedom for religion, space for questions and room for difference. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.