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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Easter, 10 May 2023 Acts 15:1-6 <*((((>< + ><))))*> John 15:1-8
Thank you dear Jesus for not just coming to us but also in becoming human like us in everything except sin, in being planted here on earth to be one with us and we be one in you, one with you.
Thank you dear Jesus for being our true vine, making us your branches; many times we do not understand and would even refuse your Father's ways and methods of "pruning" us, of purifying us so that we may bear more fruit.
But, what fruit must we bear, Lord Jesus?
“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.”
Lord Jesus, when you died on the Cross, you bore only one fruit we continue to savor and enjoy today --- LOVE. Thank you for the fruit of love; we can only be fruitful in love if we remain in you, when we are purified and pruned. Many times, our pruning and purification do not look good at all like when there are differences among us that arise like with the first Christians when some insisted that Gentile converts be subjected to Mosaic laws like circumcision; keep us intact with you, Lord, so that we may see more of you, our true vine than us who are merely your branches; keep us open to one another, trying to find you, Jesus, by being more kind, more understanding, more open to overcome our differences so that in the end, without us even knowing, we have become fruitful, not necessarily successful because we have become abundant in your love. Amen.