Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050315.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
You must bear fruit if you follow the Lord. He loves us as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way! He prunes away what is not of Him. When He does, we grow, we flower and produce much fruit in the name of the Lord. Keep your roots deep in the true vine and you will glorify the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my roots are buried in your word. Help me to continue to flower and profess your word. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people, Alleluia!