Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, April 30, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 6, Fifth Sunday of Easter John 15:1-8


My Reflections:
There is this story about a rich man who does not believe in Jesus, he is a self-made rich man so to speak. He attributes every success that he has to himself alone never on Jesus. His friends believed him for they saw how he worked very hard to achieve his vast fortune. Until he went through a severe financial misfortune wherein he lost everything that he owned.

In his lowliness and nothingness he suddenly thought of his relative who was a priest, he went to him and asked for his wise counsel. He was advised to connect with Jesus through his frequent presence in the Eucharistic celebration and by regularly reading the bible. This man who once was very averse to the Holy Mass and the Bible became a regular Mass attendee and has formed a habit of regularly reading the bible. True enough, he regained and eventually surpassed everything that he lost.

Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel exhorts us to remain in Him. Why?  Because apart from Him we are nothing, no matter how rich and learned we are. We are still nothing because we are not connected with Jesus; the money that we have it can fly away from our possession anytime. The learning that we have, it will escape our mind once we become old. But if we remain with Jesus we are assured with something that is way beyond possession and learning and that is eternal life. Time will come that we will leave this world, our possession nor our knowledge no matter how vast will not be able to give us eternal life.

There are those who live for today only, they work hard to amass wealth; they seriously study to accumulate learning. Only to discover that something very important is still lacking in their lives. They search and endlessly search for it until they end-up holding an empty bag because they’ve not found the true vine that is Jesus.  

Let us seriously think about what Jesus wants to convey to us through our gospel: “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 15:4-5)

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