“Whoever abides in me and I in them, bears much fruit”

John 15:5

Monday, 3 May 2021

John 15:1-8

As the Easter season progresses, the scripture texts in the lectionary draw us into examining our relationship with Jesus. The texts attempt to help us understand and develop a personal relationship with the risen Christ. This past weekend’s Gospel text highlights the importance of our connection with Jesus. He is our lifeline. If we are disconnected from him, we wither and die like a dead branch. When we live from our source, the energy from that source, we bear fruit.

The wither and dying that the Gospel talks about could be a physical one. But it can be a spiritual one too. When we find that our passion for life, relationships, the things that bring us happiness and get us out of bed no longer do, we could be experiencing this dying. When we live in a space where our lives feel as if they are cloaked in meaninglessness, when we are not sure who we are and feel like we have no self-understanding, when we have lost touch with our vision for our own lives, we could well be withering and dying. Living in a space of feeling cut off from what is deepest in us – consciously or subconsciously – is another clue that we could be withering and dying within.

The invitation to “abide” in the vine invites us into a personal and intimate relationship and knowledge of the person of Jesus himself. Jesus is not an idea but a living person. We can only be in a relationship with a living person. In the context of this relationship with Jesus, we begin to discover meaning, come to deeper self-understanding, and glimpse the vision that God has for us.

Can you honestly say that you have a living, personal relationship with Jesus?

What in your life is indicative of the fact that you do abide in the Lord?

What might be withering and dying? Can you see why that is?

Lord Jesus,

You invite us to abide in you because we come to know and live the fullness of life when we do.

Help me today to come to know you personally and intimately.

I want to grow, not wither and die, and I want to produce much fruit.


Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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