HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B
WHEN YOU REMAIN IN CHRIST
Beloved in Christ, today Mother Church invites us to reflect on what it means for a Christian to remain in Lord Jesus Christ. This reminder is to help us to consider ways through which we can always remain connected to the source of life.
Beloved, the call to remain in Jesus Christ is emphasized in today’s gospel reading. Jesus refers to Himself as the “true vine” and to us (Christians) as “branches” of the vine. As Christians, our primary identification in life is neither our social nor economic status but rather our identity as children of God, making us joint heirs of our Lord Jesus.
For this reason, discipleship is not a passive affair but a life long commitment to imitating the life and works of Jesus Christ. Jesus led a purpose driven life. He was fruitful and his life was pleasing to the Father.
What is expected of us as Christians is no different. We are thus warned that the branch that fails to bear fruits will be cut off from the vine. But when it bears fruits, the Father prunes it to create a more conducive atmosphere to bear even more fruits.
The live of St. Paul after his conversion bears witness to this. Like St. Paul in the first reading, we are not only to talk about our conversion but to live it, for the glory of God. My dear friends, let us move from loving God and neighbour with mere words. Words alone do not bear fruits. Our words coupled with godly thoughts and actions will enable us produce the fruits in our Christian life.
Though the world may see love on a superficial level, we as Christians have the obligation to love in concrete ways that will manifest God’s glory. Today, our responsibility is to abide in Christ and as evidence produce good fruits.