FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
‘Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty …’ (John 15:1-8)
If actions speak louder than words, then all of us must be constantly attentive to the message we give. Avoid being labelled ‘sour’, or, ‘he/she’s got a chip on his/her shoulder’. Our lives are to be fruitful, peaceful, positive, inspirational, life-bearing. Jesus said, ‘Go out to the whole world, proclaim the Gospel [the good news] to all creation …’ (Mk 16:15). ‘Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time’(Mt 28:19). The command of Jesus to his Church is clear and unambiguous. WE are to announce Jesus Christ to all peoples; WE are to bear good fruit in our lives!
In chapter 7 of Mission & Evangelisation, Cardinal Francis Stafford pointedly wrote: The parish must develop in each disciple what is essential to the Catholic imagination: analogy. The Catholic imagination is essentially analogical. What does that mean? Our experience of divine faith is absolutely dependent upon sensuous perceptions. The radiant glow which surrounds the believer, namely, the glory of God, arises from the Christian ‘saying Yes to Life …’ (Pg 93 – my highlight).
So, let us say ‘Yes’ to Jesus! Let’s bear witness to Jesus! Let’s be fruitful!
May we be aglow with the light and life of Jesus within us; may we be filled to overflowing with the love of God; may God’s life within us be borne to others and be a source of change.
Fr Philip Sainter
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