A Reading for today

Wednesday of the Fifth week of Easter

Jn 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."


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Reflection

"Remain in me"

Saint Clare (1193-1252), Franciscan nun

1st Letter to Agnes of Prague, 3-11

As I hear of the fame of your holy conduct and irreproachable life, which is known not only to me but to the entire world as well, "I greatly rejoice in the Lord" (Hab 3:18). I am not alone in rejoicing at such great news, but I am joined by all who serve and seek to serve Jesus Christ. For, though you, more than others, could have enjoyed the magnificence and honor and dignity of the world, and could have been married to the illustrious emperor with splendor befitting you and his Excellency, you have rejected all these things and have chosen with your whole heart and soul a life of poverty and destitution. Thus you took a spouse of more noble lineage, who will keep your virginity ever unspotted and unsullied, the Lord Jesus Christ. When you have loved Him, you shall be chaste; when you have touched Him, you shall become pure; when you have accepted Him, you shall be a virgin. His power surpasses any other, His lineage is the most gentle imaginable, His grace the most perfect. From now on you are vowed to his embrace, to Him who has adorned your breast with precious jewels and placed priceless diamonds on your ears. He has surrounded you with sparkling gems as though they were blossoms of springtime and placed a golden crown on your head as a sign to all of your holiness.

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