“By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

For this Sunday reading we move ahead to the beginning of the next chapter (Jn 15:1-8 — we will be hearing this passage again later this week).  Here Jesus compares himself to a grapevine with us as branches.  Branches that bear no fruit are cut away by the Father.  In order to bear fruit Jesus says that one must abide in Him so that He can abide in us.  If we don’t do so, we wither and are tossed into the fire.  Then He ends by reemphasizing His point in today’s passage with the words at top.  As Christians we should seek to glorify God.  Jesus gives us the way to do so: by bearing much fruit as disciples of Him.  True disciples follow the master, listening to him closely, learning his ways, seeking to imitate him, working on overcoming errors, and showing unfailing loyalty to him.  This not only happens in direct interaction with the master, but is also to be carried forth into our dealings with others.  When we show love, compassion, generosity, joy, and patience in all things others will naturally want to know from where that peace comes.  Then we can follow up sharing the message of the Master in the way we conduct our lives with the very words of that same Master.  Let us begin each day vowing to bear much fruit for the Lord and end each day evaluating how much has been produced through us.

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