Reflection: 5th Sunday of Easter
I admire St. Paul for his ability to speak boldly about Jesus. As one who recently persecuted those who followed Jesus, he is not afraid to tell the world that he now was a faithful disciple. His passion is a model for us.
And how do we stay connected to Christ? How do we remember that we are the branches and Jesus is the vine? I hate to admit it, but sometime the pruning is what I need to refresh my relationship. Even though it may be a bit uncomfortable, the pruning that comes through life is just what I need to restore right relationship with God, others and myself.
I recognize my need to be re-connected when I am no longer depending on God for the help and grace I need. If Christ is not my foundation – the root, soil and atmosphere in which I live, then good fruit is probably not going to grow. I just have to remember that I am the branch. I don’t need to be perfect, I just need to allow Christ’s love to flow through me to others.