Fruit Baskets for the Lord

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/30/2015

in Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter–Cycle B
May 3, 2015

“Remain in me, as I remain in you.”
(John 15:9b)

Fruit Baskets for the Lord

When do we glorify God as we daily trod the broad
and narrow paths of life?
The Word of God, Jesus reveals the answer in a story.
We need never worry; he is the way.

“I am the vine; you are the branches.” (John 15:5a)

What are the chances we would ever consider ourselves
as branches on a vine?
The story advances so we do not take chances.
We listen, believe and follow the words of the vinedresser.

“Never escape my pruning; I am only fine tuning,
So every branch will bear much fruit.”

“Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord.
Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.” (John 15:4a, 5b)

Remain attached to me. Never detach yourselves from the vine.
If you desire to escape the fire, be ready for those whose branches fall.
If you remain attached to the vine and the words I preach and teach to you,
rewards galore are in store for you.

“Ask for whatever you want in my name and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” (John 15:7-8)

“Stay with me; let us become one.”

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Name some of the fruits you present to the Lord in your fruit basket.
  2. Why might some of your fruit be spoiled and thrown into the fire?
  3. What branches of yours need pruning?
  4. Why do we shirk from Jesus’ pruning tools?
  5. Why did Jesus use stories to teach the branches?
  6. What do branches gain from the vine?
  7. How do we glorify God?

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Helene April 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

I needed a bright spot this morning. When I went to send a work related message I saw your invitation to prayer. Thank you for sharing your words of inspiration with me.

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Gia May 1, 2015 at 5:51 am

Thank you for sharing, Sr. Juliemarie. I needed some words of wisdom this week.

Peace!

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