Today’s Gospel gives us part of the account of the encounter between Nicodemus and Our Lord. Here is an extract: ‘Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born anew. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit’.

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘Here is the conclusion of the whole matter. If, says He, you know not how to explain the motion nor the path of this wind which you perceive by hearing and touch, why are you over-anxious about the working of the Divine Spirit, when you understand not that of the wind, though you hear its voice? The expression, blows where it lists, is also used to establish the power of the Comforter; for if none can hold the wind, but it moves where it lists, much less will the laws of nature, or limits of bodily generation, or anything of the like kind, be able to restrain the operations of the Spirit’.

The Hebrew word for ‘wind’ is ruach, which can also mean breath or Spirit, as in the creation account in Genesis, hence Chrysostom’s use of the phrase ‘the power of the Comforter.

Today, may we know that ‘power of the Comforter’, and be greatly blessed in this knowledge.