Thursday, May 14, 2015


Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Ps113 The lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people; John 15:9-17

When I was in Costa Rica a few weeks back there was much to see.  The wild life was pretty awesome,  But the strangest and most surprising thing was to see a Toucan in the wild.

It is crazy because all I could think about was fruit loops and Toucan Sam.

Which brings me to the gospel.  Jesus tells us "It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain…"

What of this fruit Jesus is speaking?

Obviously, He is not speaking about fruit loop cereal.  Yet, He is think about the fruit of the spirit that he has given us.

St Paul in Galatians outlines the fruit we should be bearing in our life: love, joy, peace, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, self-control, gentleness.

This is what needs to unfold in and through our life.  As we begin the novena to the Holy Spirit tomorrow, we should look again at the fruit  of His presence in our life.

Last little fact: Toucans regulate their body temperature by adjusting flow of blood to their beaks.  They share this in common with most humans, we also seem to adjust our temperature by blood flow to our mouth, if yo catch my drift.

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