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Jesus Fruit Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Jesus Fruit

The fruit of the Spirit is uniquely expressed by those who nurture it.

At a Glance

A rose is a rose is a rose. Perhaps, but a watermelon might be square, or a pear look like a little Buddha. Yes! A pear that looks like Buddha. By constricting growth with a mold, farmers are able to produce fruit in a variety of shapes. You can see where we're going with this. The epistle reading is about the fruit of the Spirit. Are we called to be fruit that is Jesus-shaped? That looks like Jesus? 

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Jesus Type," June 27, 2004, at

Fruit comes in all shapes and sizes. Well, maybe not all, but quite a few. Some are spherical -- like oranges, blueberries and grapes. Others are oblong -- like mangoes and papayas. Still others are apple- or banana-shaped like ... apples and bananas.

Some farmers, though, are challenging our assumptions about the shape of fruit.

Watermelons, for example, no longer need to be the rounded oblong shape with which we are most familiar. Go to the right...

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