Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for May 2, 2021

Reflection for May 2, 2021

To stay, continue, last and endure

Let us remain in Jesus' love through our thoughts, words and deeds 

by Sister Francis Bangert

During these early spring days, our hearts turn to the beauty of flowers, whether a flowering shrub, an indoor African violet, or perky daffodils from the garden. Flowers speak the language of life and love. In times of sickness, death, birthdays, festive events, or ‘just because”, flowers convey unspoken words of heartfelt love, care, support, and sometimes forgiveness.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses a botanical image, the vine and the branches, to express an invisible and real truth about the intimate relationship He wishes to share with us. “Remain in me as I remain in you. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.” Jesus uses the word “remain” 8 times in that short passage, so like a good teacher, he repeats the point He wants to make. Webster defines “remain” as to stay, to continue, to last, to endure. To remain in Jesus is to have an enduring connection to Him at the very deepest level of our being, like the branch to the vine. Rooted in the unconditional love of the Trinity, we make visible God’s abiding presence in words and deeds of love.

Watch the evening news for examples of this abiding presence: An 11- year- old raising money to benefit kids with cancer, acts of paying it forward in a grocery store, groups and organizations working together to provide food for those in need, teachers bringing food to the doorstep of their students during virtual learning, speaking out against injustice of any kind, musicians performing individually yet  in concert via Zoom to lift heavy, lonely hearts, to name a few.

Guided by God’s Word and nourished by the Eucharistic food that endures, we are continually grafted into Jesus. In God’s garden of diverse humanity, all thoughts, words, and actions of life and love are the fruit that glorifies the Father and makes us disciples. Sing a new song to the Lord ... Jesus is alive in us! Alleluia!


Mary B Krainz
04/30/2021 10:34 am

How uplifting! Thank you for your encouraging words, Sr. Fran!

04/30/2021 10:53 am

Yes, thank for this inspiring and uplifting reflection. You used the beauty of nature (spring flowers, the vine and branches) to remind us of the Jesus' risen presence and God's garden of diverse humanity! Thank you!

04/30/2021 11:02 am

So appreciated during this time on our earth when we may feel uprooted.

Peter Schumacher
04/30/2021 11:33 am

What a useful and meaningful message you have given to us. I need to be reminded of these things to keep me on the right path. Thank you Sr Francis for doing that for me.

04/30/2021 12:58 pm

To read such sentences and to be inspired to Let God guide our hands and feet so we can always be connected.

Fr. Bill Jacobs
05/01/2021 1:44 pm

So appropriate for the times that surround us right now. Many Folks are waiting to return to the "old norm" - I'm not so sure that's going to happen.. As we heard in the Readings, we need to "prune" and adjust. Thanks so very much for your reflection, Sister - it was very helpful..

In God's Tender mercy,

Father Bill Jacobs

05/01/2021 9:08 pm

Thank you for sharing! There are so many good things happening if only we could hear more and share more with others. One thing we can do is write down each day how we see Christ in our day. This makes us think more positive and maybe we can share what we see with others so they too become more of Christ in their lives. Keep up the good work you do. God bless you.

Carol Kwaterski
05/04/2021 3:57 pm

What a wonderful image of the beauty of flowers connecting us to Christ. Like a good teacher you gave us a guide on how to remain in Jesus by acts of kindness. My husband and I like to pay for the couple behind us at our parish breakfasts when we had them and watch the joy spread as others follow suit.

So thank you Sr. Fran for your wise words. Amen! Alleluia!

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