On Monday, we began the third chapter of the gospel of John. This section covers the the conversation with Nicodemus. In today's gospel, Jesus continues the teaching about being born again, laying emphasis on himself as the one who has come from above. Nicodemus does not understand what Jesus is talking about and Jesus admonishes him saying, "how shall you undestand if I speak of heavenly things if you do not understand me when I speak of earthly things?" Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to the wind, pointing out that the wind blows where it wants and we don't know where it comes from. It is the same with the Holy Spirit. It blows and enters men's hearts on its own terms, not asking permission or telling why. It is up to us whether to reject its promptings or not, but the spirit comes anyway. In these writings, Jesus is teaching us about baptism, about being being born into a new life with him, about living under the influence of the Holy Spirit and about recognising that there is something unique about who Jesus is. Now, immediatley after the resurrection the church teaches about baptism, the sacrament of initiation into the Christian life. Now the church is beginning to take shape in the world, and Baptism is the entry into the church and into Christ. In these days, the Book of Acts is telling of the origins of the Church and the gospel is telling of the sacraments and the power of Christ.