Remain In Me, As I Remain In You

The Sundays of Easter have been revealing the power of the Risen Lord, giving the testimony of his resurrection and presence among us, and placing in front of us our commitment as risen people of God.
Easter teaches us that we are risen with Christ; we are sharing in Jesus' victory and Glory, and we have a new life in the Lord. Now, like the disciples, we need to go out and give testimony of Jesus' resurrection and be able to fulfill our mission. Today's gospel gives us the key: to remain in Jesus. Last week we read of the Good Shepherd. We heard how he comes to carry us on his shoulders to bring us back to the flock and protects us to the point of giving his life for our salvation. The sheep cannot be without the shepherd. We would be lost. Today the figure of the gospel is the vineyard. We are the branches and we need to be attached to the vineyard. Being detached means our death; so the Lord says, "Remain in me, as I remain in you." Jesus doesn’t just want to save you, but he wants to abide in you, to remain in you and you in him.
Remaining in Jesus is listening to his voice and as he told us last week when speaking of the sheep: they know and listen to my voice. Remaining in Jesus is fulfilling his will and commandments as we hear today in the second reading of John: Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them. And John continues, “And his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us.” It is easily summed up for us: if we are risen with the Lord we will listen to his voice, fulfill his commandment of love and remain in him. Only in this way are we really announcers of Jesus' triumph and resurrection.
As your pastor I exhort the whole community to be united to Christ and to one another in prayers and supplication. The will of God is our unity. Let us proclaim the gospel by loving one another.
I assure you of my constant prayers for your family and your intentions.
May the Lord and the Blessed Mother bless you always.

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