I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. (Jn 15, 1-3)
A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
by Paul and Barnabas with them,
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters
about this question.
They were sent on their journey by the Church,
and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria
telling of the conversion of the Gentiles,
and brought great joy to all the brethren.
When they arrived in Jerusalem,
they were welcomed by the Church,
as well as by the Apostles and the presbyters,
and they reported what God had done with them.
But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers
stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them
and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”
The Apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.
From the Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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 everyone 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.
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.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
Wednesday of 5th of Easter
Dear community of God’s people.
Jesus said to his disciples, as to all children of God: “Abide in my love as I abide in you.”, and “Cleave to me like a branch of a vine attached to the vine.”
God loves everyone. He shows people how to live so that they can be peaceful, happy, and bear much fruit. That fruit is to save souls from the captivity of Satan.
Without God, nothing can be done. Only God gives strength to help people be courageous, live in love, sacrifice, give, give up all bad habits, to accept them in their hearts; and his mind words of love, unity comes from God. Because only God is the strength, and the living sap to feed people.
What is the living sap of God given to man? That means: live in love, speak words of love, give love with all your heart and body, know how to share, live charity towards others: Live a life of sacrifice and love as God himself loved man.
Therefore, God teaches people: to have peace, stay in God’s love, and trust and rely on Him. May God give you strength to fight with the enemy that is satan, every second, every minute, lurking to tempt, to capture human souls, to force people to leave God, to live on torment. when there is no God in the heart.
God loves everyone. God invites His children to live and follow God’s instructions.
Thanks be to God. Amen