Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility, and self-control are all names for what Saint Paul calls the fruits of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Over the next few weeks, I will return to these images for meditative reflections. As Henry Melvill writes: “Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibers connect you with your fellow men, and along those fibers, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.” St. Paul has deep reflections on all of these sympathetic threads.
As humans, we touch everything; aw we walk the earth, we water it with our pure beings and greatly enrich whatever we touch. But we are also doing harm to what we touch; we must accept that if our children and grandchildren are to survive, we must now adopt a worldview that sustains the earth, including all people of all faiths and origins. We must work together for our children. We can do this by using the Fruits of the Spirit.
We must allow ourselves to accept what God gives us and protect it; we must also bow to His will. We must recognize our relationships and brotherhood with all living objects in God’s creation. We need to recognize that the outcasts of society, the criminals, the loser classes, are in fact more important than us. Jesus mentions the least of these. We are in fact the least of these.
Using the thoughts of Saint Paul, let us grow in the grace of Jesus, reflecting the goodness and glory of God, the God that Jesus brought to live within us. It is time to recognize our grief and loss that we have created within ourselves and our society. May God bring these Fruits of the Spirit to your doorstep.
© Russell Kendall Carter