Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Bear much fruit

 10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.198)

Reading: John 8:5-8

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Authentic Christianity is a life of growth in the grace of the Spirit, a deepening of the new life, a continuous rebirth, in which the exterior and superficial life of the false shallow self is discarded like an old snake skin.

The true Christian relationship with Jesus brings about transformation and the person is freed from selfishness and grows in love.

In the language of the mystics, we are called away from our self-centred shallow self, so that there may be only Jesus.

As a result, there is a deeper communion with Jesus and others and an ability to see beyond the struggles of the day or week and to be open to serving others.

To remain in communion with Jesus means to be in communion with his body on earth, the Church, and it is there we will receive the grace of perseverance and encouragement to prayer, reflection on the scriptures and service of the poor and marginalised.

God is not the creator who occasionally decides to love.

Love is the very nature of God and God is one who cannot not love!

Love is a decision on how we live and act. Let us be challenged this week to be energised by grace and to make a decision to love and care for someone in the way that God loves and cares for us.

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.