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3rd May - 5th Sunday of Easter, B

posted 28 Apr 2015, 14:07 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by Jerry Laidler ]
H.B. & Hw.

Paul encounters the Lord. Paul's vision of the Lord leads to his intrepid teaching of the Good News. We see the Lord with the eyes of faith. Our faith vision of the Lord leads us to a real and active Christianity. Our prayer is live and confident. Above all, we fall in mutual love. Our relationship with the Lord and each other becomes characteristic. 

"Behold these Christians, how they love one another." 

Our deep and abiding relationship with the Lord is of the essence. It is this relationship that we live out. Our commitment to Jesus and our commitment to one another are intimately connected. In fact, identical, alive and active. It cannot be mere talk. Deeds not words mark Jesus' brothers and sisters. So the Christian community is love in action, meeting the needs of family and neighbourhood. We operate out of the Spirit of God who indwells us. And God is the origin and wellspring of our strength.

We return to the revealing imagery of vine and branches. Our Christian identity is communion and union with God, Jesus and each other. Vine and branches! Our life force originates in Jesus and our vine-dressing God. Father and Son model a divine union for us. Our union with one another marks our discipleship. We demonstrate our unique faith relationship with one another by our care, concern and commitment to one another. Therein lies the painful pruning that bears ever more fruit. The Lord is with us to uphold and sustain. Hence our confidence and hope in our Christian way, life and living. 

"Whoever remains in me, with me and him, bears fruit in plenty."
(John: 15. S)