Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

I am the vine and you are the branches.

The readings for the fifth Sunday of Easter invite us to reflect on the way in which we are connected to the Lord, his Divine indwelling and the fruit which grows from our relationship.

The indwelling of God within us is such a wonderful gift for us to reflect upon. That we are judged worthy to be tabernacles of the Lord’s presence makes us look at ourselves once again from God’s point of view. However His dwelling in us is so that we can bear fruit.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

When Saul got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple. Barnabas, however, took charge of him, introduced him to the apostles.(Acts 9: 26-27)

  • Who are you afraid of and why?
  • Do you find it difficult to believe that people can really change?
  • Who is the person who introduced you to the apostles?
  • Spend a few moments listening to the Lord who calls you to follow him.

 

Monday.

The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 9:31)

  • What do you understand by ‘fear of the Lord.’
  • How does your Christian community build itself up?
  • When have you felt the consolation of the Holy Spirit?
  • Spend a few moments allowing the Holy Spirit to console you.

 

Tuesday.

 My vows to the Lord I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and shall have their fill. (Psalm 21:26-27)

  • What vows have you made to the Lord?
  • How shall the poor eat or have their fill?
  • Once more we have the word ‘fear’, what does it mean today?
  • Spend a few moments listening to the Lord as he accepts your vows.

 

Wednesday.

Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him(her). We know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has give us. (1 John 3:24)

  • What does ‘God living in you’ mean?
  • How have you experienced this indwelling?
  • What does ‘living in God’ mean to you?
  • Spend a few moments being conscious of the Lord who dwells within you.

 

Thursday.

Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. (John 15:4)

  • How have you experienced God being at home in you?
  • How do you remain in the Lord?
  • What fruit are you bearing?
  • Spend a few moments listening the Lord who is at home in you.

 

Friday

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him(her), bears fruit in plenty; cut off from me you can do nothing. (John 15: 5)

  • Have you ever felt cut off from the Lord?
  • List the fruits that have grown in your life.
  • When have you known the indwelling of the Lord?
  • Spend a few moments listening to the Lord who is within you.

 

Saturday

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it. (John 15:7)

  • What words of the Lord remain in your life?
  • When have you felt especially close to the Lord?
  • What do you wish to ask for?
  • Spend a few moments listening to the Word of the Lord within you.
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