Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night…
For me, the word “night” is so important in this passage. Sometimes I’m puzzled when church members talk about how to get more people to come to church on Sunday. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to take a huge leap and walk into that strange place. It seems to me that anywhere BUT church might be a better place to meet people at first.
Nicodemus, at the beginning of his journey, gets information alone, in the darkness. Like the picture of the moon above, there are some bits of clarity at the edges showing, but most of the moon is obscured, either by too much darkness, or too much light.
Pema Chodron says:
Start where you are. This is very important. Meditation practice is not about later, when you get it all together an you’re this person you really respect. You may be the most violent person in the world-that’s a fine place to start–juicy, smelly. You might be the most depressed person in the world, the most addicted person in the world, the most jealous person in the world. You might think that there are no others on the planet who hate themselves as much as you do. All of that is a good place to start. Just where you are–that’s the place to start.