Bring forth your fruits in me.
Picture Jesus at the Last Supper.
Jesus begins a long discourse, which the apostles do not interrupt by any questions. In this text, Jesus uses the imagery of vine and branches, highlighting the necessity of the disciples being one with Jesus.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Jesus seeks the fruit of a devout life that brings forth prayer and virtues.
- If a soul brings forth good works the Father prunes it.
- The Father (the vinedresser) does everything to gain more fruit from the vine.
- Every branch must “abide.” A cut-off branch can bring forth no fruit.
- Jesus says it perfectly, “I am the vine. You are the branches.”
- His conclusion is self-evident. “Whoever abides in me brings forth much fruit.”
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, you alone are the vine that gives life. I will abide in you.
- I once was a dead branch, but you have grafted me onto yourself. Now, I bear fruit.
- Father, prune away all that is lifeless in me.
- Jesus, I want to bring forth greater virtues, pleasing to you.
- Jesus, I only need to abide in you. You do the rest.
- With you, all things are possible. This is the secret of staying with you.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will abide with Jesus by thinking of him often today.
+ I will dedicate this whole day to Jesus.