Happy Birthday This Week: Dorothy Schroll, Kirk Howarth
Happy Anniversary: None
TODAY’S THEME: JESUS GIVES THE HOLY SPIRIT
Jesus words in today’s Gospel come at the conclusion of “the Feast of Tabernacles” or “the feast of Booths” which commemorated the long period of time in which the children of Israel lived in tents in their wilderness wandering. This feast came at the end of the harvest and celebrated the ingathering of grain and the fellowship they shared together in the faith. During their wilderness wandering the Lord gave them to drink from the Rock that followed them. St. Paul says, “that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4). At the conclusion of this great feast, Jesus declares, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John tells us that when Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking about the gift of the Holy Spirit who would be poured out on the day of Pentecost and in the age to follow wherever His Gospel was preached. “To come to Jesus” involves chiefly the hearing of His Word through which the Spirit is given and by which we are restored from the ravages of sin and made alive.