27 April 2016
Wednesday, 5th Week of Easter
St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Acts 15:1 – 6 / Jn 15:1 – 8.
Born in Nijmegen, St. Peter Canisius (1521 – 1597) was an indefatigable Jesuit preacher and writer.
From the 1st Reading: Acts 15:1 – 2
Some persons who had come from Judea to Antioch were teaching the brothers in this way, ""Unless you are circumcised according to the law of Moses, you cannot be saved."
Because of this there was trouble, and Paul and Barnabas had fierce arguments with them. For Paul told the people to remain as they were when they became believers. Finally those who had come from Jerusalem suggested that Paul and Barnabas and some others should go up to Jerusalem to discuss the matter with the apostles and elders.
Gospel Reading: Jn 15:1- 8
Jesus said, "I am the true vine and my Father is the vinegrower. If any of my branches doesn't bear fruit, he breaks it off; and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, that it may bear even more fruit.
"You are already made clean by the word I have spoken to you; live in me as I live in you. The branch cannot bear fruit by itself but has to remain part of the vine; so neither can you if you don't remain in me.
"I am the vine and you are the branches. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown away as they do with branches and they wither. Then they are gathered and thrown into the fire and burned.
"If you remain in me and my words in you, you may ask whatever you want and it will be given to you. My Father is glorified when you bear much fruit: it is then that you become my disciples."
In today's Gospel, Jesus encourages us to abide in Him. What does it mean to abide in Him? Our thoughts, words and actions need to be aligned to what is true, good and pleasing to God.
Just as branches cannot bear fruit apart from the vine, there can be no fruit in our lives without Him. If we distance ourselves from Jesus, we cannot be good, faithful, generous or patient. Without Him we cannot know the joy and peace that only Christ can bring. Bearing good fruit oftentimes requires pruning. The Lord promises, however, that we will bear much fruit if we abide in him and allow him to purify us.
Do you trust the Lord's guidance and wisdom in your life? Whatever difficult situation you may be facing in, if you abide in Him, believe that the ultimate vinedresser will help you bear healthy fruit.
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