Intention: For all youth, that they might receive in their lives the understanding, accompaniment, and love that they need to discover and embrace their best, truest selves.
Today’s Gospel | John 15:1-8
Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
What Jesus Christ says to his holy Apostles he also says to you, that you may understand that all the good you are able to do in your work for those entrusted to you will be true and effective only insofar as Jesus Christ gives it his blessing and you remain united with him. It is the same for you as it is for the branch of the vine, which can bear fruit only if it remains attached to the main stem and draws its sap and strength from the vine, which is also the source of all the goodness of the fruit.
Eternal Father, your Son asked that we remain united with and in him. So many times, though, we wander away from him and from each other. Open our eyes to the foolishness of our arrogance and selfishness. Purify our hearts and guide us by your Holy Spirit into the unity that is your love. May we always live as members of your vine and builders of your Kingdom. We as this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.