First Reading: Acts 9:26-31 (53b)
Second Reading: 1 John 3:18-24
Gospel: John 15:1-8

​In today's Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples, "Remain in me, as I remain in you." This is the secret of perseverance and endurance: To remain in God, no matter what. Whatever we go through in life, if we hold on to the Lord, we will continue to live, grow and, yes, bear fruit.

It is easy to hold on to the Lord in joyful moments, but all the more we should hold on to Him on our sorrowful and difficult moments. In fact, there's only the Lord to really hold on to at such moments. Instead of letting go of God, we must hold on to Him and not succumb to misery, despair and hopelessness.

It is not enough though to remain and hold on to the Lord, we must grow, and bear fruit. We must not just be living branches. We must be fruit-bearing branches. For those who are still alive, and who perhaps are living abundant lives, the question remains: Am I living a fruitful life? Have others benefited from my life?

Prayer: Lord help me to remain in You, hold on to You, and bear fruit of good works for You. Amen.

Fr. Dante