Reading 1: Acts 9:26-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
Reading 2: First John 3:18-24
Gospel: John 15:1-8
Today’s readings address the unique relationship each of us are called to have with our creator. The gospel reading highlights this special connection through the words of Christ, in which he 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”. We are called to enter into a relationship of full presence with the Trinity and to be a truly participatory member of that relationship. Branches are not stagnant, in connection with their base, the vine, they grow and become fruitful, we to must grow in Christ, our base, and be fruitful.
A great way to evaluate our fruitful interaction as a branch of Christ in our World is to pray and thoughtfully meditate on the initial questions St. Ignatius asked his original companions over 400 years.
What have I done for Christ?
What am I doing for Christ?
What will I do for Christ?
The Second reading today confirms this connected partnership with God and asks us to be both devoted believers and devoted doers for the Lord. John says, “Children, our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine. This will be the proof that we belong to the truth, and it will convince us in his presence”. Let the readings today stand as a reminder for our ever growing work in the Lord and for a deeper perseverance in our prayer lives and devotion to the Sacraments.
Let us look to the Saints, Apostles and Christ’s life as testimonies to how we should our own lives of faithful action. As St.Paul (Saul) lives out his mission in the first reading by taking up God’s word to serve those in distant lands and stand up to those who cast hatred against him, let us remember today and everyday to live our mission for God. A mission of true subservient devotion to our heavenly father, and a life of action in the beatitudes and commandments.