Posted by: livingscripture | May 6, 2015

Fifth Wednesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 “If you remain in me you will bear much fruit because without me you can do nothing.”   

(John 15: 5)

How should we live this Wordimages (6)

 Jesus invites us to always remain united to Him if we want to bear fruit.  We must give Him space in our heart, trust Him, accept His presence in our life even in difficult and painful times, living them as an occasion for growth and betterment. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love; nothing can take His lymph from us.  Even the pruning of the dry branches makes us stronger.

‘Without Him we can do nothing’, is a very expressive phrase.  We cannot progress in the spiritual life with our strength alone.  We must remain firmly united to Christ, receiving His word, obeying His teachings, and above all, practicing charity in our daily life.

Remaining united to Christ is the true experience of the disciple – to dwell in Him, feel embraced and loved by Him, never being distant from His tenderness, and drawing on His love for our strength and ability.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me be united to Him at every moment, living in His presence and thanking Him for His love.

O Lord, let me be always united to You, like a living branch on the vine.  Grant that I may never tire of Your presence and guide me to help my sisters and brothers with faith and charity, proclaiming Your love to all.

The Voice of Pope Francis

Remain in God’s love.  The love of which John speaks is not the love of romance novels!   It is another thing all together.  Christian love always has a quality – concreteness.  Christian love is concrete.  When Jesus speaks of love, He is speaking of concrete things: feed the hungry, visit the sick, and many other concrete things.  Love is concrete – Christian concreteness.

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