1st Reading - At 15,1-6
Naquele tempo, disse Jesus a seus discípulos: 1 “Eu sou a videira verdadeira, e meu Pai é o agricultor. 2 Todo ramo que em mim não dá fruto ele o corta; e todo ramo que dá fruto, ele o limpa, para que dê mais fruto ainda. 3 Vós já estais limpos por causa da palavra que eu vos falei. 4 Permanecei em mim e eu permanecerei em vós. Como o ramo não pode dar fruto por si mesmo, se não permanecer na videira, assim também vós não podereis dar fruto, se não permanecerdes em mim. 5 Eu sou a videira e vós os ramos. Aquele que permanece em mim e eu nele, esse produz muito fruto; porque sem mim nada podeis fazer. 6 Quem não permanecer em mim, será lançado fora como um ramo e secará. Tais ramos são recolhidos, lançados no fogo e queimados. 7 Se permanecerdes em mim e minhas palavras permanecerem em vós, pedi o que quiserdes e vos será dado. 8 Nisto meu Pai é glorificado: que deis muito fruto e vos torneis meus discípulos.
Gospel - Jo 15,1-8
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: 1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he cut it; and every branch that gives fruit he cleans to much fruit yet. 3 you have you are clean because of the word that I told you about. 4 abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, if you don't stay on the vine, so also ye cannot bear fruit, if not you abide in me. 5 I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, this produces much fruit; because without me ye can do nothing. 6 Who do not remain in me, will ship out as a branch and withers. Such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you abide in me and my words remain in you, ask what you want and you will be given. 8 This my father is glorified: that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Refletindo o Evangelho
Reflecting the Gospel
Stay in Jesus means to be attached to it, be on and live in communion with him. There's no point in being of Jesus, being the Church, if we don't remain in God, in his word, in spirit and in deep communion with him. After you walk a certain time in Church, after already know the word of God, our heart will experience that trend of self-reliance, to find that we already know, that we are already masters, doctorates in the things of God, we have flights on their own. Of course we need mature and grow in faith, but we must not forget the essential lesson: always remain glued, connected in God. Each time that we grew up in the life of the spirit, the more we are called to be rooted and connected in God! Until we can do a lot of good things, for our own ease, by provision of our hearts, for the natural inclinations that we have, but we will only bear fruit if we abide in Jesus. We go to church, talking about beautiful things, that touch the hearts of the people, but the fruits will come only if they are linked and connected to Christ Jesus. How do we stay in Jesus? First, the path of excellence called prayer, because it is our communion and connection with him, with the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is no Union with God if we don't pass through prayer. We cannot dodge or escape it. We are even tempted to pray or not to pray anyway; so, we're succumbing to this temptation and relaxing, leaving aside prayer, anyway. Communion weakens, the bonds of love are going to breaking, not by God, because He leaves us not at all. It is the very spirit that grow weaker, losing direction and route, because that feeds our fellowship with God is prayer! Don't open her hand, on the contrary, let us apply ourselves with commitment and dedication to remain United in the vine Jesus, because he wants to remain in us.
Senhor, fazei-me firme na oração. Ela alimenta a minha comunhão contigo. Que eu não abra mão dela, pelo contrário, que eu a aplique com empenho e dedicação para permanecer unidos a videira Jesus.
Lord, make me steadfast in prayer. She feeds my communion with you. I do not open it, on the contrary, I apply with commitment and dedication to stick together the vine Jesus.
Traçando o sinal da cruz em seu/ua filho/a: Abençoe a você (nome do filho/a), nosso Deus que é † Pai, Filho e Espírito Santo, para que você filho/a viva sempre no amor de Deus e fazendo só o bem a todos. Amém!
By tracing the sign of the cross in you say: Bless me Lord God that is † father, son, and holy spirit, to live always in your love and doing good to all. Amen!
By tracing the sign of the cross on your son/daughter/au: Bless you (name of child), our God who is † father, son, and holy spirit, for you child alive always in love of God and doing good to all. Amen!