Gospel: Jn 15:1-8
Jesus said to his disciples:
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, teach me how to pray.
"Remain in me as I remain in you." Can you hear His words personally to you: "I remain in you." Do we realize how close He is? He is with us, He is within us, dwelling in our souls by our baptism. Throughout this Gospel our responsibility is underlined--to remain, to bear fruit, to become disciples. Yet this invitation only takes on its full beauty when we discover that we are called to remain, to bear fruit, to become disciples of One who is intimately close.
I can remain connected to something far away or impersonal only in a vague way--like a child "remaining" in the boy scouts or a citizen "remaining" in his country. Both can be true without any sense of intimacy. But when Christ remains in us, he remains there personally, intimately, within the solitude of our heart where we can believe He dwells by baptismal grace. God is within us as One to whom we can whisper. As you pray your Lectio perhaps read the passage again in this light. Read it as spoken by Christ who is close, who remains in our hearts so that we may remain in His.
Prayer: "Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me. I love you Jesus." -St. Mother Teresa