Wednesday 16 April 2014

Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

Are we part of Jesus' vine? Or have we drifted away from Him. Some of us think that we are part of Jesus' vine, but the reality is that some of us have chosen to be apart from Him, or we have drifted away from Him due to our neglect, or due to our attitudes and behaviour. In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds us: "Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing." We may appear to be doing good or charitable things, but we could still be apart from Jesus. We could appear to be respectable people, but we could still be cut off from Jesus. How so? By looking at the fruits and motivation of what we are doing and why we are doing such things. Some of us are doing things for our own glory or for our own personal gratification, under the pretence of appearing helpful, respectable, good or charitable.

Ultimately, whether we are remaining in Christ or otherwise can be summed up in what Jesus tells us: "It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples." The glory is to God, not to ourselves. The question is: are we really remaining in Jesus?

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