2nd of May (English)

Publié le 1 Mai 2018

Gospel text

(Jn 15,1-8): 

Jesus said to his disciples, «I am the true vine and my Father is the winegrower. 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».

 

The Application

 

Last Sunday, I have explained to you on the image of the vine and the branch. Today I would like to explain to you all the image of abiding in Jesus. I would like to take the image of perfuming ourselves as an image to understand this image of abiding. Our life should be perfumed with the love of Jesus and the way He forgives each and every one of us. That’s to say, when people come closer to us, they should realise, just like a perfume, that we are filled with love and mercy, and they could always count on us.

Just like a perfume, that need to renewed, our life too need to be renewed by this divine love. That’s to say, we should always consult the divine will in every words and deeds, particularly in every encounters. By this, just like a battery which is recharged, we too need to be regularly recharged by the divine love. By consequence, the words of Jesus will find its expression in our words and deeds. Here we seek nothing for ourselves, nor for our dear and near ones, rather will consecrate our full energy to know the divine will and put all our mind and heart, to accomplish this divine will.

It is here that we make the love of Gad abides in us and we abide in God’s love. Fully oriented by this love, Jesus is assuring us, that all that we may desire to accomplish this divine will, will be accorded for us. The more we are perfumed by God, the more the people around us will be perfumed. It is in this manner we glorify God and give fruit. Have a wonderful day.

«Live in me as I live in you»

Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench 
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, once more, we may see Jesus surrounded by the Apostles in an atmosphere of especial intimacy. He is giving them what we could consider as his final recommendations: what is normally said in the last moment, in the last farewell; that which has an especial force, as if it would be the last will.

We imagine them in the cenacle. Jesus has washed their feet there, has announced them again He must go, has transmitted them his command of fraternal love and has consoled them with the gift of the Eucharistic and the promise of the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 14). And, well ahead this 15th chapter of John's Gospel we now find the exhortation to unity within charity.

Our Lord does not hide to his disciples all the dangers and difficulties they will have to face in the near future: «If they persecuted Me they will persecute you...» (Jn 15:20). But they should not be intimidated nor overwhelmed by all the hate they will find in this world: Jesus renews his promise of the arrival of the Protector, while assuring them they may ask and they will be given. Finally, the Lord prays for them —for all of us— to the Holy Father during his priestly prayer (cf. Jn 17).

But our danger does not come from outside, though: the worst menace may arise within ourselves when we fail to respect the fraternal love among the members of Christ's Mystic Body or the unity with the Head of that Body. The recommendation is clear: «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» (Jn 15:5).

The first generations of Christians managed to keep a very clear conscience of the importance of remaining united through charity. Here is the testimony of one the Fathers of the Church, saint Ignatius of Antioch: «Do you therefore all run together as into one temple of God, as to one altar, as to one Jesus Christ, who came forth from one Father». And here is also an indication from the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Christians: «Whatsoever he said unto you, do [it]» (Jn 2:5).

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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