Posted by: livingscripture | May 17, 2017

Fifth Wednesday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 17, 2017

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.          (John 15 : 5)

How shall I live this Word?

Using the metaphor of the vine, Jesus affirms that only those who remain united to God can bear good fruit in words and works, like the branch that bears fruit only when it is attached to the vine.  The source of every good is God alone.  Therefore, to do good and bear fruit, we must be connected to Him; He gives us the light and the strength to accomplish the good.  By spreading the good, we proclaim that God is love and is concerned about all His children.

Jesus also makes us understand that we cannot arrive at doing good by human means alone; we cannot only count on our own limited resources, but we must be inserted in God and be ‘pruned’ by Him when necessary in order to become more robust.

On every occasion, Christians respect and actualize the message of Christ, bearing even discrimination that comes from their coherent behavior and the public profession of their faith.  The farmer is the Father who takes care of His vineyard so that it will always bear fruit, and the fruit is becoming a disciple of Christ.  It is a continual journey that is ever in growth as shown by the word ‘will’.  This is the way to bear abundant fruit.

Lord, help me to be always connected to You to bring forth the fruit You desire.

The Voice of Buddha, Oriental Wisdom

 If you desire to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.

 

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