Fifth Wednesday of Eastertide – Acts 15:1-6; John 15:1-8

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it. A great promise, a promise which for many seems incredible. After all, I ask and don’t always receive. Why?

The following sentence explains this: It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples. The fulfilment of the request is to bear fruit. It is cause us to bear fruit more abundantly, increasingly growing into God. – the vine without which we can do nothing.

Will what I ask for make me bear more fruit? Do I want to bear fruit at all, or am I happy as I am? Does what I ask for bring good – for me, for someone else? It doesn’t matter whether it is small or large, badly needed or trivial I can live without, whether it relates to eternity or daily life and even money. Only one thing is important: whether I remain in Him enough to try and see through His eyes.

If I remain in Him, and in me His words, I can ask for whatever I want. Only the question is, do I want ask for all of this?

Lord Jesus Christ, the image of the vineyard tells me that I can rediscover the source of my strength in You. You are where all I need comes from. Let it be so. You live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

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