Posted by: livingscripture | May 3, 2015

Fifth Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

“I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.”   (John 15: 5)

How should we live this Wordvine and branches

 The image of the vine and the branches is very obvious.  Only if we are grafted onto the lymph source that is Christ, can we bear fruit.  Jesus asks us to remain in Him; to believe that He loves us and is always near us so we can listen to His Word and enter into deep communion with Him.

However, it is necessary that the vine be pruned so that it may bear more fruit.  How much pruning human life reserves for us: disappointments, sicknesses, failures, etc.!  We must not consider all these difficulties as failures and ruptures, but as occasions for growth, as possibilities for betterment.  By accepting them serenely and not just with resignation, we will discover that God is present in our heart with His grace and strength, and He gives us an opportunity to grow in our love for Him and for our neighbor.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will listen to Jesus’ words and ask Him to graft me ever more deeply into His life that it may flow through me and onto all I meet.

O Lord, I desire to be always united to You as the branch on the vine and to bring forth fruits of love, accepting the pruning that You know I need to increase my charity and perfection in the spiritual life.

The Voice of Opening Prayer of the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty, ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal.

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