Fifth Sunday of Easter
In a relationship connectedness is important. Relationships cannot be taken for granted and need time and care to be life-giving.
What does your experience tell you of the truth of this in your relationships with God, with your friends, with your family, with communities or groups to which you belong?
The parable this week also reminds us that we are not the source of our own life.
It is a gift from God, from our parents, and from all who have nourished us.
Let us give thanks for those who have been a source of life for us.
O God, you graft us on to Christ, the true vine, and, with tireless care, you nurture our growth in knowledge and reverence.
Tend the vineyard of your Church, that in Christ each branch may bring forth to the glory of your name abundant fruits of faith and love.
Grant this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
(adapted from reflections on the Gospel by Kieran O’Mahony OSA, www.tarsus.ie )