John 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 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.
Petition: Lord, 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.
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.
At least three times today I will
lift up my thoughts to offer one of my
activities to God.