Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15, 1-8
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
Remain in God and bear eternal fruit
1) The vine grower. God is the vine grower who prunes and trims the vine. He is attentive to the process of growth of each one of us, and by this I don’t mean he is controlling us like a police officer, but guiding us and bringing out the best in us. Today, God reminds you that He is by your side and wants you to give your best. He wants you to feel fulfilled and that you should find the abundance He offers.
2) Hang on. In Christian life we learn and accept things, but today, God invites you to hang on to Him. Stay close to God; live your life in Him and with Him. Bear this in mind as something we have to work on in our church community. Just think how many Christians receive their first communion and confirmation and then never return to church after that. The sense of belonging to the church and our continuity in it is something we must work on and deepen. Maybe you and I are part of the reason people don’t feel that they belong or don’t continue coming to church. Let’s think about that.
3) To bear fruit. We are called to bear fruit, to give the best of ourselves to others. The best fruit you can share with those around you is peace and joy. Be joyful and full of peace, we have to fill this world with good fruit!
God bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And remember, Heaven is our goal.