Wednesday 13 May

Today is Wednesday the 13 May, in the 5th week of Easter.  

Jonathan Veira sings, ‘Abide With Me’. As you listen, whatever you are facing in these troubled times, can you rest for a moment with the God who abides in you?    

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.  

John 15:1-8  

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.  

I contemplate the vine-grower in his vineyard cutting the dry vine shoots and pruning those that bear fruit so that they will bear more… I reflect too on how the word of God has pruned me and allowed me to bear fruit… I also become aware of where I might be lacking roots at the moment… and what might be dry inside me.   In the same way that the branches remain on the vine, my life too remains rooted in Jesus. In the moments of my life over these last few days and weeks, facing the effects of the coronavirus, I pause to notice what has nourished me deeply… I notice also what has not satiated me. Perhaps I can make a decision now to take action on this… a time of Bible reading… a phone call.. a special time of prayer or Examen…or maybe something else…  

"Abide in me." This is what I'm invited to.  Our hearts yearn to abide in Jesus, but we also become attracted to other things.… other draws and pulls… I put into words the circumstances, the people, the things that lead me to abide in Jesus… but also draw to mind the things that draw me away from Him.  

Listening again to the reading, I focus my attention on what the vinegrower does to make the vine bear fruit.  

I ask the Lord now to help me dwell more and more in him…to love him more… to serve him more…

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.