Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 25, 2011

Brianna Baca

Freshman, Physics Major, Pre-Med Focus

Acts 15:1-6
Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
Jn 15:1-8

“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

In this, the fifth week of Easter, we hear Jesus talk to his disciples. Something that Jesus repeats over and over again in this passage is how “he is the vine.” I like to interpret this as a metaphor, especially because he said that his Father is the vine grower. God created Jesus, just as he created each of us, but without Jesus we would not be connected to God, our Creator.

I really like that he says that without him [Jesus], we can do nothing. I know that it does not literally mean nothing, but it means that what we do does not matter that much. I think that it is important to bring religion into whatever we do. If we don't bring religion into our daily lives, then we could be on one of the branches that does not bear fruit.

If we do bring God into our everyday life, then everything we do is blessed. I can remember a time when I did turn away from God. I was angry and sad and didn't know why he would allow such a thing to happen to me. I did not like going to church and I did not like praying. However, I realized that I was not becoming any happier by being mad and by blaming God. Nothing made sense without him. Eventually I realized that it was not God's fault and everything happens for a reason. I turned back to God and have looked at life differently since then.

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