Gospel Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B – May 3rd 2015
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes
to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
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.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away
– he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’
A birth in a family – we love before we even see him or her! This sort of love lasts. Love one another as I have loved you…..
The big original sin is that we don’t believe we are loved. God is big, huge in heart. Compassion, mercy, forgiveness and love.
If you want to love, know you are loved yourself. The people wanted to think they were special and everyone had to keep all their laws. ‘Know you are loved’ : this is the message for all the first communion children this month – not that we love God but that God loved us first.
Comes in very human form. In Christ – a 5’6” dark-skinned man. In the human give and take of love and life, and then going with love to the end. He would not give up on us, so he died, tortured and killed.
Love is to be received. St Ignatius – “love exchanges love”. And then is proved in deeds. Jesus asks for the fruit that will last.
The fruit of faith is love and the fruit of love is service. We are people who care for the world around us.
Eucharist is always a celebration of God and a call to action. The parish, the school, the family of Christ attends to God, to love and to service.
Donal Neary SJ