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2nd Sunday of Lent Year A - Gospel
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How Can It Be?
TEXT: Mark Ryman (2005) based on John 3:1-17
TUNE: “
Rossetti,” by William Jeater (1907)

There was a man—a ruling Jew—
Who came to Jesus, saying secretly:
A man cannot go back into the womb.
How can it be?

Nicodemus would teach Jesus.
Christ turned the table on this Pharisee:
You must be born again; so readjust!
How can it be?

You must be born of the water
And of the Spirit too—why can’t you see?—
If you would be His son or His daughter.
How can it be?

Are we children of God above
Or do we teach Him like a Pharisee?
Will we come out into the light of love?
Will we believe?

© 2004, Mark E. Ryman

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