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Help Me to Bear Fruit

Today’s Gospel from John tells of Jesus’ last discourse with his disciples. It would follow that his final message to them carries particular significance. Let’s reflect on his metaphor of the Vine & Branches using the Ignatian prayer method of lectio divina. We read, we reread, we notice what word or phrase ‘jumps out’ with meaning, then we reflect on what particular significance this has for us. Any portion of these words could yield such reflection: “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.” What is the Lord asking of me? What parts of my life need to be pruned? What fruit has God brought to my life?  Do I rely on God? How can I follow this path of discipleship more closely? There are a myriad of reflections to bring to God. Let’s include a prayer of gratitude for recognizing a personal relevance of Jesus’ words.

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