FEAST OF ST. MARY DOMENICA MAZZARELLO

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FEAST OF ST. MARY DOMENICA MAZZARELLO May 13, 2020 WORD of the DAY “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes* so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. 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 him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. (John 15: 1-5) How shall I live this Word? Today’s gospel, through the mouth of Jesus, invites us to “remain”. An out-of-date verb, which seems to have little to do with a world that takes pleasure in escapism, disorder, which indicates the easy path of dismissal from one’s commitments, which favors moving away from one’s true self. Contemporary humanity, perhaps forced to stay within four walls, flees from themselves, often...