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Abiding in the Vine: Growing in Christ’s Love

As we journey through this great Easter season, our hearts are filled with the joy of Christ’s resurrection and the promise of new life in Him. In the Gospel that we hear proclaimed in Mass today, Jesus declares, “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.” (John 15:5). These words very clearly encapsulate what it means to be in relationship with Christ and to be called His disciples.

The image of the vine and the branches beautifully illustrates the intimate connection between Christ and His followers. Christ, as the vine, is the source of our spiritual nourishment and strength. Just as the branches draw their sustenance from the vine, we are called to abide in Christ, to remain rooted in His love and in His word.

Remaining in Christ cannot be merely a passive state but it must be an active choice every day that requires ongoing commitment and faithfulness. It involves cultivating a deep prayer life, studying Scripture, participating in the sacraments, and living out the Gospel values in our daily lives. When we abide in Christ, His life-giving grace flows through us, transforming our hearts and enabling us to bear abundant fruit.

How do we know that we are living faithful to Christ in our daily lives? Our second reading today from the first letter of St. John tells us “Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth.” (1 John 3:18) Living not only in what we say, but also in what we do encompasses all the virtues and involves acts of charity, mercy, and compassion towards others. It manifests in every aspect of our lives; in our relationships, our work, our communities, and most of all in our families.

As we hear the gospel being proclaimed at Mass today let us reflect on the image of the vine and the branches, let us ask ourselves: Are we truly abiding in Christ? Are we allowing His love to permeate every aspect of our being? Are we bearing fruit that reflects His presence in our lives?

As we continue through this Easter season let it continue to be a time of deepening our relationship with Christ, of pruning away whatever hinders our growth, and of embracing our universal call to holiness. Let us draw near to the Vine, allowing love to flow through us, so that we may bear abundant fruit to the glory of God.

The Lord is truly risen, alleluia!
He is risen indeed, alleluia!
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
All you holy saints of God, pray for us!

In Christ Risen,
Seminarian Sean Lee