May 10, 2009, 5th Sunday of Easter
“Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
1. Acts 9:26-31
2. 1 John 3:18-24
3. Gospel John 15:1-8
REFLECTION: Our power lies in Jesus, just as the sap comes to the branches from the trunk. Cut the trunk and the branches wither. Our faith is sustained—and grows—because of its source, which is Jesus. Jesus is everything to us: our source and our goal, our beginning and end, our hope and fulfillment.
PRAYER: Father, you have shown us again and again how much you love us and how close you are to us. May we always remain close to you as branches to vines. Help us to share your love with others. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Tonight, or this week at dinner, display a bunch of grapes. Serve wine or grape juice to the family. Mention the gospel reading about the dependence of the grapes on the vine as compared to our dependence on God.
Other images aside from grapes and vines that are signs of our dependence on God are the images of the heart and the blood system of our bodies. Do something for a needy person today to demonstrate their dependence on others to have “good hearts.”
Think of the rosary as a type of vine, beads dependent on chain to form a whole. Pray with the family the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary today for world peace.
The first reading this Sunday describes the Apostles’ boldness in speaking about Jesus. It takes fortitude and courage to speak up for our faith and what we believe. Listen today for opportunities to witness to your faith.
The readings following Easter are about the Apostles and disciples witnessing to their belief in the resurrection. Review how your family individually or as a unit witnesses in hope to the resurrection.
Springtime is in full bloom. With the children or young people in your family, talk about springtime as new life; ask them about the leaves, branches, and flowers that depend on the source for life.
Father, you are the vine grower who gives life to both vine and branches. Be with us now as we reflect on Your Word to us to give us greater strength so that Your Word may bear fruit in us and through us in others. Amen.
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