To Go and Bear Fruit

John 15: 12-17
Acts 15:22-31 / Psa 57

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…
(John 15:16)

Whatever we ask in Jesus’ name,
He promised God our Father will give,
As long as in His love we remain,
And bear fruit for others to believe.

(Jesus continued), “My commandment is this: Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This I command you: Love one another.” (John 15:12-17)

Reflection

Everyone who has committed his life to follow Jesus is hand-picked by the Lord to perform specific tasks that contribute to the benefit of the Church or his community. Whenever we receive our appointments to serve in the Christian Life Program of our Chapter, we have no qualms about contributing our time and resources. In fact, most of us accept the assignments with robust enthusiasm. Without doubt, this can only be the influence of the Holy Spirit.

Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” Our next CLP is scheduled this coming June 14. The impact of the dedication, sacrifice, and love that the members of the service team usually show will certainly bear fruit for years to come in the lives of the 40 or so participants that our course leader confidently believes will show up. Hopefully, they will also become active members of our community after their rigid formation.

Everything you ask the Father in My Name He will give you.” Yes, indeed! The Lord will not hold back on anything that we will pray for during our nine-day novena masses before the start of the seminar. The gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit will help in selecting our staff, speakers and discussion group leaders. We will also pray for good coordination among all working committees, as well as for good weather, and good health for all team members. Our course leader has already selected an appropriate venue for the nine-Saturday seminars, and we believe his faith in a bountiful harvest of participants is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit.

It is simply because of our love for Jesus that we are able to carry on the work of evangelization in our community. As He had shown us in Calvary, His brand of love is not for the faint-hearted, as it entails a great amount of responsibility—as it is stated in our mission statement – “to take responsible care of all entrusted to us.” Love of this kind is what makes us true friends of Jesus. And this kind of friendship is what we are sharing with our future members whom we are going to shepherd in our BCLP. In this service we will have obeyed the Lord’s command to “go and bear fruit.”

Thank You, Lord, for this opportunity of being able to serve Your community, and for increasing our faith even more as You show us Your miracle of love. Amen.

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