Chosen to 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 and well-being of the Church or our community. When we receive our appointments to serve in the Christian Life Programs of our Chapter, we have no qualms about contributing our time and individual skills; in fact many of us accept the assignments with robust enthusiasm. This can only be the influence of the Holy Spirit.

“Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” The impact of the dedication, sacrifice, and love that all the members of the service team show will certainly bear fruit for years to come in the lives of the sponsored participants who in turn will also become active members of our community after their year of formation.

“Everything you ask the Father in My Name He will give you.” In every seminar, the Lord never held back on anything we prayed for in the nine-day novena masses before the start of the weekly sessions: discernment in selecting our staff, speakers and discussion group leaders; coordination among all working committees; making do with a shoe-string budget; good weather; good health and perseverance for all team members; the appropriate venue for our nine-Saturday seminars; and most important of all, a bountiful harvest in the number of participants. Who could ask for more?

It is simply because of love (for Jesus) that we are able to carry on the work of mission 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 shepherding in our BCLPs. In this service we will have obeyed the Lord’s command to “go and bear fruit.”

Thank You, Lord, for this opportunity to serve my community, and for increasing my faith even more as You showed me Your miracle of love. May all our thoughts, words and actions be guided by Your love; for life has no meaning, and nothing in this world matters without Your love. Amen.

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