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Pentecost Sunday 2021

More than a century ago, a great sailing ship was stranded off the coast of South America. Day after day the ship lay there in the still waters with not a hint of a breeze.

The captain was desperate; the crew was dying of thirst. And then, on the far horizon, a steamship appeared, headed directly toward them. As it drew near, the captain called out, "We need water! Give us water!"

The steamship replied, "Lower your buckets where you are." The captain was furious at this cavalier response but called out again, "Please, give us water."

But the steamer gave the same reply, "Lower your buckets where you are!" And with that they steamed away!

The captain was beside himself with anger and despair, and he went below. But a little later, when no one was looking, a yeoman lowered a bucket into the sea and then tasted what he brought up: It was perfectly sweet, fresh water!

For you see, the ship was just out of sight of the mouth of the Amazon. And for all those days they had been sitting right on top of all the fresh water they needed!

What we are really seeking is already inside us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit which we may think we are lacking are actually have been been living within us from the moment of our Baptism and now waiting to be discovered, waiting to be embraced.

The Holy Spirit is saying to us at this very moment from deep in our heart, "Lower your buckets where you are. Taste and see!"

Come, Holy Spirit! Fill our hearts and set us on fire! Amen.


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