The signs of spring are all around me and bursting with new life. I am feeling the positive energy of the earth itself as it reawakens with hope and joy. Soon Mother Nature will be bearing such lovely fruit. Today at my parents’ the discussion revolved around the garden as we spread some peat moss on it to prepare it to bear fruit.
John’s Gospel is about the Vine and bearing fruit today. The Second Reading commands us to love, not only in word but also in deed. When we bear fruit we are loving into life. We are doing more than just talking. We are acting and creating life. Today was the 100th Anniversary of the Archdiocese I belong to. Fifteen thousand people gathered at the arena at noon to profess our faith and renew our baptismal vows as hundreds of young people were confirmed. It was truly amazing!
The Spirit blew through that crowd on several occasions. The first was when the sound of the drumming group filled the place–the drum always makes me teary. I think because it touches something very primal within as my heartbeat synchronizes with it. Then sweetgrass filled the air as we smudged and purified both place and people. I breathed it in and out, cupping my hands to welcome it into my body. I am now ready for Tuesday. After that the confirmands were all anointed and that was the icing on the cake. Watching some of the faces of the youth as they received the oil was breathtaking. Some erupted in utter joy. Some were more serious. The odd one seemed to wonder what it all meant and how this sacrament would impact their lives. Fruit will be born. I have no doubt of that.
Of course I sat with a family I know and felt surrounded by love a number of times. In this life we are called to relationships whether one or many. We are not meant to live alone. More and more, I realize how much fruit I have munched on, how the Vine connects all of us, and how I bear fruit too. The Vine is always full in my life and I am incredibly grateful for that. My brother is visiting and happened to mention some observations about my life that resonated with me. I am so very blessed.
What are you doing in your life to spread love, to bear lovely fruit, and to feel the Spirit swoop through your day?