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5 Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Jesus Christ compares His salutary work to a vine bush and its branches. He himself shows up as a vine bush which is cultivated by His Father. From this bush comes out the branches which are supposed to give good fruits. Jesus teaches that from good fruits can be recognizable as a good branch, and it is certainly the one good branch which is in a permanent live contact with the vine; which means with Him. Otherwise it is sterilized and worthy to be cut and burnt: “He (Father) takes away every branch in me that does not bears fruit (…). Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into the fire and they will be burned”. Jesus later on tells about those who remain in Him giving a good fruit: “Everyone that does (good fruit) He prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you”. It is a Christian life and those who belong to His Church that He is speaking about. Christians who live Christ’s lifestyle every day, who have contact with His words and sacraments, who live with his spiritual teaching, they are those expected by Jesus a good fruits. “I am a vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing”. The conversion of St. Paul and his zealous evangelization shows us how abundant this fruit could be being in permanent relation with its source in Jesus Christ. From the murderer of Christians he became an apostle of pagans, the greatest one. His apostolic work for Jesus was able to convince at most conspicuous, the first reading speaks today about. St. John reminds in his letter that what makes the branches clean is love shown not in “word or speech but in deed and truth”, it means, a truly Christian life on Jesus’ pattern. Then, as Jesus summarizes: “My Father is glorified that you bear fruit and become my disciples”.