Bearing Lovely Fruit

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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?

Peace,

Suzanne

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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4 Responses to Bearing Lovely Fruit

  1. Monica says:

    This is a lovely reflection and makes me think more deeply of the words said during the Eucharist as the priest blesses the wine and describes it as “fruit of the vine and work of human hands.” Thinking of you today.

  2. sstyves says:

    Yes, so true, Monica. God bless!

  3. Gordana says:

    It was nice to be a part of this event with you dear Suzanne! It was a moving event which connected us with the past, present and gave us hope for the future. Sending love, Gordana

  4. sstyves says:

    Yes, good observation. Kairos time.

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