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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday 5th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 15,1-8): Jesus said to his disciples, «(…) 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 (…)».

United in the truth

Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench (Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we see Jesus in the Cenacle, surrounded by the Apostles, in an ambiance of special confidence. He is giving them His last counsel before His Passion. Now, we hear the exhortation to unity on the Word that He has proclaimed. Once again, Jesus refers to His Father in Heaven. A Father who wants to gather us around His Son.

As a good Son, Jesus Christ is the perfect reflection of the Father. He is the "Verb" (Image) of God, His "Word". We attain the Father through the Word. Christ has spoken of Himself, of the Father, of the Holy Spirit, of His Kingdom... And of man! The Church persists in teaching us this Word. The Church does it guided by the Spirit of Truth, which so especially assists the Pope, Vicar of Christ.

—O Lord, who revealed yourself unto us. I would like to thank your trust with a devoted attention to the teachings of the Church, the Magisterium and the Pope.

Monsignor José Angel Saiz Meneses (until now Bishop of Terrassa) was the first bishop who agreed to collaborate with evangeli.net. He has just been promoted as Archbishop of Seville. The comment for next Sunday ("Good Shepherd Sunday") was written precisely by Monsignor Saiz.

You can read his commentary here