Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15, 1-8
‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Remain in God
1) Root. It is key that the root of your life be prayer, for it is there that your life is forged. The root is in the soil, it grows inside but it sustains the whole external structure. If you want to pull down a tree, cut the root and it rots, falls and breaks. The same happens in your life, if you want to sustain your life, your dreams and illusions, then forge and nourish your root with prayer. When you let yourself be taken in by this accelerated world full of obligations, to a point that you might even forget to call the people you love during the day, that is when you start to rot, to fill yourself with filth (pornography, a double life, lies, vices, etc.). You fall, because you can’t tolerate anything, you can’t face situations and you can’t raise your head. You break, this is when your illusions are destroyed, and you are confused.
2) The trunk. The sacraments are the trunk of your life, that liturgy that sustains you and strengthens you because it is sensitive, palpable, concrete and direct. The TRUNK of your life of faith must be the sacraments for they strengthen you against external blows. But the trunk also helps you to serve as support for others, who has not leaned on a trunk at some time?
3) The fruit. The fruit is the union of God with you, it is that fruit that enriches and satisfies others. Of course, there are times, moments, in which the fruits are there, on the surface, and moments when you have to wait. What should reassure you is that when there is fruit in season, it is delicious. Therefore, do not accelerate nor delay the process. Strengthen your prayer so that no one or nothing might knock you down, take care of your trunk in the sacraments so that others may lean and rest on you; give yourself to others because you can give your best.
May God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And always remember Heaven is our goal.
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