Guest Blogger: smas (photo taken by smas)
May 21, 2014 Acts 15:1-6; John 15:1-8
The first reading today gives us an indication of some of the confusion and struggle the early Church endured. Differences of opinion regarding practices … and difficulties in balancing old and new ways challenged Church leaders.
What emerges in today’s account is the way the leaders handled these situations. They relied on the Holy Spirit and managed to maintain a unity among them despite their differences. They were united in the body of Christ.
In today’s Gospel … Jesus reminds us to “remain in Him”. He uses the symbolism of the vine and branches. In the vine/branches relationship … life flows … and they thrive when they are united … much like the early Church did.
So it is with us. If we maintain a relationship with Christ … we too will grow and thrive.
Jesus calls us to remain in Him … to be true to His Word … to stay in union with Him.
Even in times of conflict … we can bear the fruit of God’s glory if we remain in Christ and allow Him to remain in us.
Jesus is the true vine … we are the branches … when we maintain that relationship with our God … we will be fruitful.