Will the Spring Rains Come?

 April showers. Spring rains.

Cyril of Jerusalem has a wonderful sermon on water that he preached to catechumens centuries ago. Here are a couple of lines:

“Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it.”

The saint goes on to say that just as water adapts itself to every creature, the Holy Spirit gives life to each one according to its needs and to benefit the common good. The Spirit’s coming is gentle, not felt as a burden, with tenderness, as a true friend, to save, heal, counsel, strengthen and console.

So back to spring rains. Will they come this year? Climate change? Is it at work with the spring? The magnolia tree outside my room hopes the rains will come, and the other trees and plants in our garden hope they will too. They’re waiting for the rain to fall on the earth to do what it always does. Like the Spirit of God, water brings life.

Send the spring rains, Lord.

2 thoughts on “Will the Spring Rains Come?

  1. cenaclemary12

    Like water adapting to the container, taking its shape, filling every crevice, the love of God is poured out into us. God does not ration the gift of the Spirit. (John 3,34)

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  2. Gloria

    Dear Fr. Victor- Your recent reflections on water are beautiful. They remind me of a song about spring rains we used to sing in choir. One of the lines was “Holy Spirit, rain down your grace upon us; Jesus we wait for you to come.” The spring rains are here today; so is Jesus.
    Gloria

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