Our site uses cookies to improve the user experience and we recommend accepting its use to take full advantage of the navigation

A team of 200 priests comment on daily Gospel

View other days:

Liturgical day: August 11th: St. Clare of Assisi. virgin (1194-1253)

Gospel text (Jn 15,4-10): Jesus said to his disciples: «Live in me as I live in you. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit». Jesus said to his disciples: «Live in me as I live in you. The branch cannot bear fruit by itself but has to remain part of the vine; so neither can you if you don't remain in me. I am the vine and you are the branches. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown away as they do with branches and they wither. Then they are gathered and thrown into the fire and burned.

»If you remain in me and my words in you, you may ask whatever you want and it will be given to you. My Father is glorified when you bear much fruit: it is then that you become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love. You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love ».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today is the day of St. Clare of Assisi, one of the best loved Saints, contemporary of St Francis. She renounced her noble status and wealth to live in humility and poverty, adopting the lifestyle that Francis of Assisi recommended. Clare, with a daring act inspired by her deep desire to follow Christ and her admiration for Francis, at the age of 18 left her family home and made her way in secret to the Friars Minor at the little Church of the Portiuncula.

—From that moment she had become the virgin bride of Christ, humble and poor, and she consecrated herself totally to him.