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<< Sunday, May 21, 2000 >> Fifth Sunday of Easter
 
Acts 9:26-31
1 John 3:18-24

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Psalm 22:26-32
John 15:1-8

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FRUITFUL OR BURNT BRANCHES?

 
"I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who lives in Me and I in him, will produce abundantly, for apart from Me you can do nothing. A man who does not live in Me is like a withered, rejected branch, picked up to be thrown in the fire and burnt." —John 15:5-6
 

Jesus is the Vine, and that makes us Christians the branches. The Lord insists that we be branches which bear fruit, not just ones with only leaves (see Mk 11:13). We become either an abundantly fruitful branch or a cut-off, burnt branch. We either bear fruit or are destroyed (see Lk 13:7).

We will bear fruit if we live in Jesus and He in us (Jn 15:5). We will bear fruit abundantly and live in Jesus if we:

  • let the Lord cut out of our lives anything displeasing to Him (Jn 15:2),
  • sow tears of sorrow for our sins (Ps 126:5; see also 2 Cor 7:11),
  • sow bountifully in almsgiving (2 Cor 9:6), and
  • die to ourselves (Jn 12:24).

In this Great Jubilee, let us pray for a new Pentecost in which the Holy Spirit will produce abundant fruit in our lives (Gal 5:22).

 
Prayer: Father, keep me out of the fire.
Promise: "This is how we know that He remains in us: from the Spirit that He gave us." —1 Jn 3:24
Praise: Praise Jesus, true Vine (Jn 15:1), Redeemer, risen Son of God!
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, October 4, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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