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How connected are you to Holy mother Church at this time? Especially with all that is going on in the world and drastic changes to the way we now worship and praise God had taken place. Did you choose to adapt and stay connected to our Lord Jesus Christ? Or did you decide that No! I do not agree with all that is going on and will simply wait till everything is restored as it should be?The problem with the latter and consequence of it, is as Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel, “Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.” And so we must strive especially in this time of uncertainty to cling more tightly to our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer and the guidance of His Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Through the Holy Spirit, our eyes are opened to the reality that we are being pruned at this time, and will surely bear much fruit.Praise and glory be to our Risen Lord. Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 15:1-6
They were to go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and eldersSome 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 branchesJesus 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.’