Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 6, 2012

Rob Placek

Senior, International Relations and Business Major

Acts 9:26-31
Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
1 Jn 3:18-24
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

It’s still Easter and, in today’s Gospel, Jesus is showing us how to gain eternal life.  He talks about him being the vine and God being the vine grower.  That makes us the grapes.  Hopefully, we are not sour grapes, but ones that help yield a great harvest.  As a grape in a bunch, we need to find how we might best grow firm, plump, and full of the juice of life!

I am on the vine, but what is keeping me there?  My parents were recently in town and attended an event with many of my closest friends and many of their parents.  It was great to meet each other’s parents and it was fun to see how these friends looked and acted similarly to their parents.  Family and my closest friends are the two groups I acknowledge when asked what motivates me or makes me who I am.  They push me harder, but they also keep me closer to my bunch.  If you are happy in that bunch and enriched in going to Mass with them or praying with them, they are helping keep you attached to the vine, Jesus.

Since it is still the Easter season, I think it is the perfect time to celebrate being part of the Church!  We are an Easter people.  We are an Easter bunch.  Together, we live to gain eternal life which was just shown to us in the resurrection.  Proclaiming the Word and helping each other is how we stay close to the vine and bear much fruit so that we may live eternally.

My goal for this week is to find a friend in my bunch who is not that close to the vine and try to bring him or her up to enjoy life more.  After all, we are a fun bunch!

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