5th Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
27 Apr 2018

Abiding in Christ is at the heart of who we are.  Abiding in Christ is at the very heart of our lives.  When Jesus says:  I am the vine, you are the branches, he was proclaiming the true secret of life there is absolutely nothing as important as our union with Jesus Christ.  Nothing!  We actually draw life from Christ as the branch draws its life from the vine.   If we try to live any part of our lives outside our union with Christ, we are heading down a dead-end road.  We might as well try to breathe without having any air, swim without having any water, or eat without having any food.  Some of us may be living the illusion that we only have to bring Christ into parts of our lives, and that we can leave him out of other parts of our lives.  That is simply an illusion, nothing more.  If deliberately exclude Christ from a relationship, a business deal, an opinion, a decision, then we are putting that relationship, business deal, opinion, decision into some foggy and confused part of our lives.  There is no such thing as a partial relationship with Christ.  We are either for him or against him.  If we make the decision to exclude him from any area of our life, then we have made the decision to exclude him from all of our life.  This might sound shocking, but it can’t be any more shocking than Jesus telling us:  apart from me you can do nothing.