Jesus, at the feast in Jerusalem, calls our to the people. “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink. If you believe in me, out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.” Four symbols in Scripture for the Holy Spirit are wind, oil, fire, and water. St. John writes that Jesus’ proclamation was about the Holy Spirit. Jesus was saying that if we will believe in him, the Spirit will come like a river of water and it will flow out of us and into the lives of those around us.
The Season of Pentecost is about the Holy Spirit revealing Christ to us. It is about growth. It is about learning to be disciples. It is about being an example, a light in a dark world. Jesus wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that those around us can know him as well.
Do you know him? Does he live within you? How have you shown that to those around you? This isn’t a once and done thing. It is a lifestyle. Ask God to help you live out your faith. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ called out to the people that if they were thirsty to come to him for living water: Grant that we may also drink of this living water, that we might become fountains of water, reflecting your glory to those around us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.