Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Teresa of AvilaOctober 15th, 2014
Some branches produce fruit and are pruned, cared for and nurtured. Some branches do not produce fruit and are removed, thrown away and burned. We have been convinced that productivity is the goal and only the fittest survive. Jesus is not talking about or demanding productivity. He wants and offers connectivity, relationship, and intimacy. We do not choose whether or not we produce fruit. We do, however, choose where we abide and how we stay connected.
It is the invitation to join the conversation, to participate, and to live fully alive. That only happens when the life, the love, and the goodness and holiness of Christ flow in us. We become an extension of and manifest his life, love, and holiness.
It is a relationship of union even as a branch is united to the vine. We live our lives as one. Love for Jesus, one another, and self becomes one love. We soon discover we are living one life and the fruit of that life and love is abundant, overflowing, and Father glorifying.