The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.
(John 3: 8-9)
Imagine staying up all night to talk to Jesus…because you’re too afraid to be seen talking with him during the day…and Jesus talks with you anyway.
Nicodemus didn’t understand about being “born from above,” “born of the Spirit.” Jesus compares the Spirit, as well as those who are born in the Spirit, to the wind.
This Spirit “blows wherever it pleases.”
You can “hear its sound.”
“You cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.”
This Spirit seems to move us from within, giving us a freedom to act with trust, to live mercifully, to share in the One Table, like the early community of Acts.
We can hear the Spirit’s sound but we can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going. We go with the flow without analyzing too much.
We do know, though, from where this Spirit flows: from the pierced side of Jesus, together with His Blood.
Jesus, as I stand at the foot of your Cross, I am washed by your redeeming Blood and born of your flowing Spirit. Give me courage to let that Blood call me and that Spirit guide me.
-Sr. Terry Walter, CPPS (Dayton)
This reflection comes from the Easter Reflections, prepared by the Precious Blood Family of communities:
Adorers of the Blood of Christ (US Region)
Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Atlantic, Cincinnati & Kansas City Provinces)
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO)
Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH)
Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon
Easter Reflections is available for printing here.