FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fifth Wednesday of Easter Time
May 22, 2019
WORD of the DAY
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 them 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. (John 15: 4-8)
How shall I live this Word?
In the land of Palestine where Jesus had lived His divine-human reality, it was not difficult to gather good fruit. However, the farmer also had the experience of finding some branch that instead of bearing fruit, offered only leaves. At the proper time, the good vine dresser pruned the vine so that it would give the expected fruit. Unlike the branch that was torn from the vine because it dried out and was thrown away.
The image is apt in clarifying what happens in us as well who, as believers, lose our faith along with its usual fruit because we are detached from the Word of Jesus, His Gospel that is above all, a text for life.
It is very beautiful that Jesus after having warned His Own about the possibility of making negative choices, gives the prospect of a very encouraging truth that depends solely on one condition: remaining in His Word and allowing His Word to live in us, bearing the fruit of a good life.
It is clear that the Lord Jesus through this vivid country picture, draws our attention on what matters most in the life of those who say they are believers.
It is not enough to read His Word, we must REMAIN IN IT, penetrating it with our mind and heart, and with the resolution to translate it into daily life.
The Voice of Holy Scripture from 2 Corinthians 4: 13 b
“I believed, therefore I spoke; we too believe and therefore speak.”