May 2, 2021, 5th Sunday of Easter
Theme: Living in Christ: “Abiding in the True Vine ”
Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva
First reading: Acts 9: 26- 31
Second Reading: 1 John 4: 7- 16
Psalm Reading: Psalm 22: 25- 31
Gospel Reading: John 15: 1- 8
“He is the Vine, we are the branches,” talks about a relationship. This relationship produces unity and assurance of the love of the Father, but also a privelege and responsibility as recipients of the divine life that we have received.
We become part of the plan of God to produce fruit. So, we have to be connected to the VINE, the only Source and produce quality fruits. Those who don’t bear fruit are not connected to the VINE.
Abide means to continue, to remain connected to God, if not, the life of God will not flow in us. He is also the vinedresser, the gardener. He prunes, He trims. God disciplines us, corrects us and it His work of love.
The Holy Spirit convicts us. Humbling circumstances to teach us that without God, we are nothing. He trims, sanctifies, refines us to be more fruitful in Him.
Our responsibility is to abide in Him, be faithful. It is a process like that of a marriage union. Daily communication, working out together. It takes time, test, and patience until they blend together. They have learned to walk together in unity. It takes daily cultivation of relationship.
Same with us, it’s a process to bear fruit. A daily practice of the Word of God, prayer, obedience, fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants us to abide in Him, but it’s our decision to continue, to remain connected to the Lord. The result is, as we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, we become humble, we become forgiving, we become loving.
We prosper in all things even as our souls prospers. Our love for God changed, attitude changed, our service to Him changed. The result of our attitude or evidence of our abiding is the proof that we are bearing fruits. God’s life is flowing in and through us. Love and forgive now, do not wait until your Last breath.
Homily Recap by: Sis. Tal Magarzo
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