In the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reassures his disciples of his abiding love and care for them.  “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” John 15: 5).  Jesus wants his disciples then and now to stay close to him.  He wants us to know how much God loves us.  He wants us to love others as God has loved us.  Attached to the true vine of Christ, Christians live a life in love with God and others.  Bearing the fruit of God’s love makes a difference.  Sorrow for a granddaughter estranged from her family.  Grief for a recently widowed friend.  Intervention for an addicted family member.  Financial assistance for a single mother.  Lives lived in love with God bear much fruit.  How does God’s love for you bear fruit in the lives of others?

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