Scripture Reading: John. 15:5
Welcome to today’s message. The Word of the Lord is always alive and active. May the Lord bless His Word in your heart this day in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen. Let us make an analogy here. Looking at a tree carefully… the branches of the tree will continue to remain nourished and flourished inasmuch they remain joined to the other root through the stem of the plant. The nutrients that the branches need flows from the root, through the stem and are being distributed to other part of the tree. Once the branches are cut off from the plant, it ceases to live. So, for a branch to continue its growth, it must necessarily remain attached to a plant.
The biblical passage we are considering today teaches us this great lesson as presented above. The Scripture says: “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.” And the next verse records that, “Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; these branches are collected and thrown into the fire and are burnt.” (John 15:5-6) Jesus is that Vine of eternal goodness. Those who remain in Christ, have the crown of eternal glory in them. They are children of glory, victory and success. The passage we have today says, “those who remain in Christ bear fruit in plenty.” What are these fruits? St. Paul enumerates: “…The fruits of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) You cannot bear the fruits that are typical of the Kingdom of Christ if you are not connected to Christ. You cannot bear the fruits of holiness if you are not in Christ Jesus.
Dearly beloved in Christ, you cannot change any aspect of your life if you are not connected to Christ Jesus. You cannot transverse the harsh and adverse situation that the world is experiencing now without being united to Christ. The miracles you expected can only be wrought by your connection to Jesus. The satisfaction you need can only be found in Christ Jesus; the peace you desire can only be achieved in Christ Jesus. Much more, you cannot have life in you if you are not connected to Christ Jesus. (John 6:53-57) You can only stay connected to Christ Jesus when you despise a life of sin and embrace holiness of life. To sustain this holiness, you cannot do it of your own accord but through your connection to Jesus. The Israelites, to the extent that they remained connected to God, won their battles and possessed the land. Each time they disconnected themselves from God due to sin, they suffered shameful defeats and lost their possessions to the enemy. Most of the time, they were taken into slavery and lost their integrity inheritance as children of God. Solomon enjoyed God’s favour as much as he remained connected to the covenantal relationship established between God and his ancestors. But when he pulled back and started paying attention to the gods of his wives, he lost greatly. This is what it means not to be connected to Christ Jesus.
Brethren, you cannot do anything if you are not connected to Jesus. Jesus is that life that nourishes all other lives, making them a copy of His. Jesus is all you need to succeed in life. Stay and remain connected to Him. Holiness of life would become toilsome when you are not connected to Jesus. Your pursuit of a life with meaning would be fruitless if you are not connected to Jesus. Everything becomes vanity when you are not connected to Jesus. Jesus turns the abnormal to normal. O child of God, have you lost such connection with Jesus? You need not be afraid. Jesus is waiting to get connected to you like the Father of the Prodigal Son. All He wants from you is for you to acknowledge your failures and seek His mercy. Jesus is ever waiting to get connected to you. God bless you as you get connected to Him.
MASS: WHITE Acts 12:24.13:5a; Ps 67:2-188.8.131.52 (R.4); Accl. Jn 8:12; Jn 12: 44-50
1. Bless the name of the Lord; magnify Him for He is worthy of your praises. Call Him the Names due Him.
2. Ask for forgiveness of sins for the many times you have gotten disconnected from Jesus.
3. Surrender yourself to the Lord. Connect everything about you to Jesus. May everything about you bear the name of Jesus.
4. Pray against all factors that get you disconnected to Jesus today. Handover these factors to Jesus.
5. Take seriously the prayer of St. Pio: “Stay With me O Lord”.
Exercise: Take the prayer of “Daily Consecration to God”. (Twice today and meditatively).
Meditation: 1 Cor. 16:13