The first letter of John also attends to our abiding in God, telling us something about how we do this. We do it by loving each other. When we love, God is alive in us. When we hate, or when we fear, and even when we are indifferent, God is squeezed out, and we wither.
The wonderful account of Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch that we will read from Acts is a clear illustration of the fruits of God’s love being put into action. Philip is moved by the Spirit to befriend this outsider. As Philip guides him through the scripture the eunuch is attempting to read, he demonstrates kindness and compassion and patience and wisdom. This all leads to the eunuch’s desire to be baptized, to his inclusion in the household of God.
How are we being called to bear fruit at Christ Church Cathedral? What are the ways we can act with compassion and kindness and show God’s love to the world around us?