So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.-John 3:7-8, The Message
In Sunday’s gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we are sent forth to proclaim God’s love for all the world.
Sunday’s Worship Music
In today’s readings Jesus teaches Nicodemus about the need to be born of the water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. We make our hymn of the day “We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus” saying, “in the water and the witness, in the breaking of the bread…God has made a new beginning from the ashes of our past…”
Our Worship song for Sunday invites us to experience the Holy Spirit’s work as a river flowing in, with, and through us. It is through God’s Spirit that we are found, claimed, and given renewed life in Christ.
For Your Reflection
Jesus speaks about love and being born from above. Much of Jesus’ words speak about the Spirit’s work in our lives.
Think about someone in your life you have dearly loved. When you think about your love for them, does it help you imagine God’s love for you? What words and feelings come to mind to describe this love?
Think about something new at work in you. The Spirit gives new life. Every day we die to sin, and rise anew in the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. How is the Spirit directing you?