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May 2, 2021
Graced Fruitfulness
Fifth Sunday of Easter
By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit…
John 15:

Very little seems more barren than pruned vines. I  loved to see my daddy surreptitiously pick and savor  ripe grapes in our convent vineyard. I did the same in  the vineyards of Frascati in Italy during my thirty-day  retreat there. Both, when lush with purple grapes,  seemed to cry out in praise of God. Seeing their fruitfulness erased the memory of a pruned-back vineyard.

Today’s Scripture takes us to another level. Often  pruned by the demands of living, we, by faithful kind  acts and in unconditional love of others, bear fruit and  glorify God. Clinging to Christ, we, the laden branch,  become a daily Eucharist, blessed, broken, given. 

Is this not worth any painful pruning?

- Sr. Bridget Haase O.S.U.

Acts 9:26-31 • Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32 1 John 3:18-24 • John 15:1-8

Comments

May 2, 2021 at 10:47 AM

Amen.

May 2, 2021 at 09:43 AM

Amen!

May 2, 2021 at 08:56 AM

“By our actions”. God’s commandments are not complicated, yet we still must have trouble understanding them and what he would like for us to accomplish. We should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he loves us, unconditionally. WOW, this world would be such a different place, right. God says today that he is the vine and we are the branches. We are to be his disciplines and go out and bear much fruit. This command, again is simple, not too complicated, he will be with us each step of the way. If w truly receive him on the alter when we go to Mass each week, it is his true flesh that we receive and becomes a part of who we become. Jesus is the living bread, he who eats of it and believes will have eternal life. Become my disciplines is wish for each of us, because he loves us and wants to remain in him, as the Father remains in him. Remember my dearest friends, Jesus reminds us without him, our Lord and Savior we can do nothing. Today, let us demonstrate to Jesus that we are with him and we believe. Let our actions show him and others that we are in fact his disciples, followers of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. “By Our Actions”. Dear Jesus please also hear our prayers for our Living Faith Family, for those who have no one to pray for them, give them the assurance that today, tomorrow and in their future, they are not alone. Please pray for all of the souls in Purgatory that they may see the face of Christ today in their eternal paradise, we call Heaven. Let us Pray, Amen.

May 2, 2021 at 08:23 AM

Amen. Simple and thoughtful reflection Sr. Especially the imagery of clinging to Christ that we become a daily Eucharist blessed broken given. Wow. Prayers for all.

Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
May 2, 2021 at 07:00 AM

Thanks Sr. Bridget for today's devotion. Jesus is drawing our attention to the intimate relationship he desires to have with us all. Jesus seems to image the sap of his risen life flowing through us all. In the gospel reading, he calls on us to remain in him, to abide in him, as he remains or abides in us. However, in this gospel reading, Jesus doesn’t speak of following him but of remaining or abiding in him. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a blessed day everyone.

Patrick
May 2, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Amen, great reflection and comment.

Kjc
May 2, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Tim, Sham/Peter Narine , well said you guy's are the best. Thanks for your comments. Elise and Dorothy know that you are in my thoughts and prayers this morning. Living faith family please keep the essential workers and their families in your prayers. The souls in purgatory also need your help to get to heaven. Thinking about the people who have no one to pray for them, loving God means thinking and loving them. Have a great Sunday Ken

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