The Gospel today refers us to the coming Holy Spirit, about whom Christ is teaching – to the confusion of many listeners and consternation of the leaders. Jesus one more time refers to “living water.” The imagery we have, even today, with such a phrase remains both evocative and powerful.
No matter the innovations we have to bring water under our control, every time a flood comes along we realize just how little control we have over such a basic element. Water, in all its forms shapes the world around us. The solid, liquid, and gaseous forms all play a role in making the world around us the way it is.
The same is true of God. God, in all forms, shapes the world as we know it. In the time when we focus on Christ, we are reminded of the fullness of God and his presence around us. The Holy Spirit remains with us through the time until Christ returns and makes possible the missions to which we are called.
Let us take time now concentrate on the completeness of God in all his forms. As we celebrate the birth of the Son, we must not neglect the Father or the Spirit, but take in God in all his glory.