Reflection—v.8, ‘I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit…’
Rituals like mikveh or baptism are important and help to engender our faith. Rituals are for broken folk like us who need concrete, visible signs–not for God. We do not need to have water poured upon our heads because God will not love us until God sees it: we need the sign–the indelible reminder of who we are and what we have been called to do. The reality is that our rituals, however, were not enough. Thanks be to God that God sends us reserves. God gifts us with the Holy Spirit to help us do the work of love, mercy, and kindness that God requires. God continues to call us beloved. God promises that even when we get down-hearted doing God’s work, the Holy Spirit will continue doing God’s work and will invite us in to help again and again.
God, thank you for the tangible signs our hearts need in order to trust, and thank you for your presence with us that fulfills every sign-marked promise.