5th Sunday of Easter – 2018


 5th Sunday of Easter – 2018


“If you remain in me and my words remain in you…”


“To remain” – is to abide, to stay in the same place or with the same person or group, we read in the English Dictionary.


Jesus deepens the meaning of this word by connecting it with “bearing much fruit”. Only those who remain with Jesus – as the source – being united with Him as a branch is united with the vine, are able to bring fruit. It cannot be otherwise.


A branch that – at first – is blossoming and then bears a fruit is unable to do so not being connected to the vine. Its inner power – all that we may call fruitfulness – comes from the vine.


The disciples of Jesus – the ones that are called to imitate Him in their lives – cannot to do so, cannot to be so, not being connected – united – with Jesus. Otherwise, who are they going to imitate, to make him present in this world? Only then, when Jesus’ teaching – His words and His example – remains in His followers they may truly be called His disciples and they will bear much fruit.


This remaining in Jesus – a very deep inner union with Him – gives another privilege to His disciples: every prayer will be answered. Jesus says: “If you remain in me and my words in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you”.


So then, before you ask foe anything be sure that Jesus’ words remain in you (that you truly know and understand them) and you are connected to Jesus as a branch is connected to the vine.  


Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ






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