Prayer of the Day

Fifth Week of Easter – Feast of St. Christopher Magallánes and Companions

May 21st, 2014
"“Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit.”" John 15 : 1

Today we continue listening to Jesus speaking to his disciples and us at the Last Supper.  Jesus uses the image of the vine and branches to explain his relationship with us.  Vines would have been a very common sight in the Holy Land.  The grapes remind us of the Eucharist.    Jesus is telling us that he is the “true vine” and we are the “branches.”  Like any good gardener his Father prunes the branches so that they will bear more fruit.  This pruning means purification of the self.  We must allow God to do this in whatever way God chooses.   Our part should be total surrender.  Jesus tells us that we need to “remain in him” in order to bear fruit for “cut off from him” we can “do nothing.”

Prayer Heavenly Father, grant that we who have been grafted on to the true vine, Jesus your Son, may we always abide in him and continue to draw life from him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen