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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 2, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In our zeal to love and serve the Lord there will be times when we may end up in disagreement. Over process, formats, methods even what the Lord’s will is for us and our brethren. We must ask ourselves had we come together as one to pray and truly discern His will for us? If we still could not come up with a united answer then had we brought it up to the church? And in obedience accepted the direction of our church?

We are all One Body in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is what we profess every Sunday in the creed and we must live in that unity. If we continue to live out individual lives, decide to pick and choose what we want to believe; then by our very own choices and actions we have cut ourselves off from Jesus. Instead of growth we wither and die.
All of us must choose to be connected to the vine by whom we are nourished and draw our strength. By whom the graces flow to enable us to bear fruit.

Lord Jesus dwell in me as I dwell in You. Now and forever. Amen

First reading

Acts 15:1-6
They were to go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.
All the members of the church saw them off, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria they told how the pagans had been converted, and this news was received with the greatest satisfaction by the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and by the apostles and elders, and gave an account of all that God had done with them.
But certain members of the Pharisees’ party who had become believers objected, insisting that the pagans should be circumcised and instructed to keep the Law of Moses. The apostles and elders met to look into the matter.

Gospel

John 15:1-8
I am the vine, you are the branches

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
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; for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’