Jesus is the True Vine
One of the first things I realized when I came to St Angela’s was I couldn’t do everything by myself. I needed help. If we’re honest with ourselves, we must admit that we cannot “do it all” by ourselves either. We will not be useful, productive or successful unless we go about our tasks and accomplish our mission in the power of Jesus Christ. We need Jesus! This is a good thing! Having Jesus Christ, Spirit-filled and risen from the dead on our side, and empowered by the gifts of God’s Holy Spirit, is what truly gives value to whatever we do.
We are branches of the main vine, as Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel account: Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. If you live in me and me in you, he tells us, you will live a life of meaning, purpose, direction and infinite value.
We, as Catholic Christians, are called to apply the powers we have, powers that come from God, to heal, redeem and thereby sanctify….not only in our own individual lives but in the world around us. In our commonly shared life of faith in Jesus Christ, we truly have the ability to make change happen in the world.
We have God’s commitment: his covenant to be with us no matter what. To help us be a part of accomplishing his work, we have God’s Presence among us, even within us, when we receive the body and blood of Jesus. We live in him, and he in us. This is why it’s so important to receive Holy Communion, to receive Jesus, at least once a week.
The problem most of us face is we want to be the vine and make God into the branches. We want Jesus to be our personal assistant to help us achieve our goals in life instead of us achieving God’s goal for our life. We put our plans ahead of God’s plan, and if we do, we as the branches, no longer have God as our source for life. For our lives to bear much fruit, for the glory of God and the good of the world, let us always strive to remain in Christ recognizing that He is the true vine….the true source of eternal life!
In the joy of the Risen Jesus Christ,