Father Patrick Langan, LC
John 15: 1-8
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 everyone 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for
granting me the opportunity to be with you. There
are things in life, Lord, that attract me, but
you attract me more. I hope in you, and I
love you. Maybe I don’t really understand what it
means to love, and maybe I don’t love the way
I should, but I do love you.
help me to grow in my interior life so
I can remain united to you.
1. Forgetfulness of God: Lord,
it is so easy to forget you when life
gets busy. It is easy to forget you when things
go well. Almost without realizing it, I begin to
separate myself from the vine. My prayer time is
a good thermometer: When I am separating myself from the
vine, it becomes shorter and shorter until it almost
fades. I go my own way. I forget to
pray. However, it isn’t necessarily a question of eliminating activities
but of doing all of these tasks for God
and in union with him.
2. Barrenness: If I separate myself
from Christ, the vine, and invest my energies in
something else, I know what is going to happen.
I will produce no fruit. This is my experience; it
has already happened. Eventually I will wither and be
thrown out like a dry branch. Lastly, these withered,
old, dried-up branches will be gathered and thrown into a
fire, and they will be burned. There is no
way I can bear fruit if I am separated
from the vine.
3. Abundant Fruit: I want to produce abundant
fruit. I want to help bring about a change
in this world. That is attractive to me. That means
a lot to me. I have tried different ways,
and I know that only united to the vine can
I bear lasting fruits for Christ’s Kingdom. This is
the way I will glorify the Father. In this
meditation, I already sense the sap running back into my
soul. My life will produce fruit for others. Lord,
help me to cling to the vine. Help me
to strengthen that bond of unity. Help my faith and
love for you grow, for you are my all.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, it is easy to
trust what I can see, feel and touch. It
is wiser, infinitely wiser to trust you, even if you
are hidden from me for now.
least three times today I will lift up my thoughts
to offer one of my activities to God.