God Wants You To Be Connected To Him
When it comes to our cell-phones or cable TV, we all insist on having a good connection without any interruptions! When you have a good connection you get crystal clear sound and a life-like picture. We love the clarity because it intensifies the message and the experience!
And so it is with God. If we are to reap the benefits of what God has revealed to us through the Church and the Scriptures, we must have a constant – uninterrupted – connection to Jesus Christ who is the source of everything that is good.
Fortunately for all of us, we have complete control over how to insure that we maintain a strong connection with Our Lord.
He Is the Vine We Are the Branches
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15: 5)
Long before modern technology, Jesus gave us the image of the vine and the branches to emphasize how critical it is to be connected to him. Using this imagery, we could say that when we are baptized we are grafted onto the vine which is Jesus Christ and we are sustained by his very life. Everything we need, so that we can be living branches connected to Jesus Christ is present in the sacraments of his Church.
Nourishment comes in the form of:
- The Word of God as proclaimed at Holy Mass every day
- Holy Communion – his true and real presence
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation – gives us the grace to overcome temptation
- A choice to be faithful to what God has revealed to us through the Church
- Daily Prayer
- Associating with godly people
When we stay connected to Christ, he gives us the grace to do what we cannot do on our own. Only then can we bear fruit, which is the purpose of every branch.
Saints In-tune and Connected With the Wisdom of God’s Plan
Before they were saints, Bernadette, Catherine Laboure, and Therese of Liseiux experienced trials comparable to or greater than what you and I have to deal with in our daily lives.
Each of them could have let their connection to Jesus Christ wane or worse grow interrupted by distancing themselves from God, the sacraments, and the Church.
But instead they did as Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16: 24)
The other thing that they all had in common was that they loved God more than themselves and made him the priority of their lives. By choosing to stay connected to Jesus Christ and in-tune with his plan for them they grew in virtue and in holiness.
When we stay connected to Jesus Christ, as living branches we bear fruit and glorify God in our daily life. In the words of St. Irenaeus, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”