Today's Reading: John 3:1-17
Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:7-8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We don't see the wind, but we hear it rustling leaves and branches, conducting a melody on the neighbor's wind chimes, and whistling through the cracks in doors and windows. We don't see the wind, we hear it, Jesus says.
So it is with the work of the Holy Spirit. Like the wind, you can't see the third person of the Trinity. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit appeared like tongues of fire. At Jesus' Baptism He appeared in the form of a dove. But in both places God's Word was the main event. Peter and the disciples proclaimed Jesus crucified and risen in the languages of many people. The Father spoke from heaven declaring Jesus His beloved Son. God's Word is what matters most.
That's why Jesus calls us and Nicodemus to look for the Holy Spirit in His Word. Jesus calls us to see the work of the Holy Spirit with our ears. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ," writes Paul (Romans 10:17).
We don't find the Holy Spirit by looking inward to our liver-shivers or a burning in our bosom. We won't find the Holy Spirit by looking at ourselves and all the good works we do for our neighbor. We find the Holy Spirit right where Jesus promised we would find Him, in God's Word. And the Holy Spirit brings the rushing wind of God's Word and fills the font, the Scriptures, the Absolution, and the altar with God's saving Word for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God, who has given to us, Your servants, grace, by the confession of a truth faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity, we implore You that You would keep us steadfast in this faith and evermore defend us from all adversities; who lives and reigns, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Trinity Sunday)