To remain in Jesus it isn’t enough to accept him as a person, it is necessary to know, accept and put his message into practice: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn 15:7). Our fruitfulness in the world depends on prayer, where we welcome the words of Jesus to begin to think like him, see things as he would see them, and act in every situation as he would. Such a loving and vital relationship with Jesus is so important that “apart from him we can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). Separated from Jesus we never will be able to bear fruits of goodness, service, and peace in the world. Therefore, nothing should be more important for us, his disciples, than to live by his love through humble prayer and loving meditation on the Gospel.
All of us in the Church are “branches”; only Jesus is “the true vine”. To bear fruit we must remain in him. As St. John of the Cross teaches: “goods do not go from humans to God, but they come from God to humans” (Dark Night II, ch 16, no 5), since “good works can be performed only by the power of God” (Spiritual Canticle St 29, no 3).
Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Homily, Fifth Sunday of Easter (excerpt)
2 May 2021
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