EcoGospel: V Sunday of Easter. May 2, 2021

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Jn 15: 1-8

Characteristic of the disciple: overflowing with life and communion with the world around him.

 

We are a hyper-stimulated society, in a world of infinite supply and, without realizing it, we get involved in continuous shopping, in following the next fashion trend, in obtaining the next experience, etc. We suffer the consequences: stress, insecurity, economic problems, the feeling of not being in control of life, etc., and not infrequently we end up with an intimate dissatisfaction about everything. We look for something more.

 In this context, I am struck by the emergence of new movements that escape from this consumerist whirlwind, have a thirst for infinity, living according to more balanced options. Let’s mention some of them.

  1. a) Simple living: they aim to eliminate superfluous elements from life.
  2. b) Anti-consumerism: they denounce uncontrolled consumerism, are pro-environmental and defend consumer rights.
  3. c) Downshifting: they value the rationalization of time and the pace of life for the sake of happiness. 

And the list could go on.  In these searches I can perceive the innate longing for fullness that God has inscribed in our hearts, which is being overshadowed by today’s culture. The Gospel of this Fifth Sunday of Easter reminds us of this in the call to bear abundant fruit.

 As a good pedagogue, Jesus, when addressing people, often started from what was known, from what was in sight, and from there he pointed out transcendent realities and attitudes to be assumed (cf. DC 200). The image of the vine, the branches and the vinedresser that we heard this Sunday is an example of this. Jesus says about himself:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (Jn 15:1).  The Father is the skilled vinedresser who intervenes in the care of the vine so that it bears fruit, which is its natural capacity.  

Jesus is the vine that has been cultivated with dedication and therefore bears fruit through its branches. He compares us to the branches revealing to us the deep and vital bond that unites us to Him. On the spiritual plane, the union is given by the divine vitality that runs through us and that manifests itself in us with vital projects and creative capacity.

 So, how is it that we are also capable of cultivating non-life projects? Jesus, the Master, makes it clear to us: if we are not united to Him as branches, we dry up; the divine lymph that runs within us is cut off and we lose the creative and protective capacity that we have received as a gift. Jesus wants us to bear abundant fruit, our fullness is the glory of the Father: “It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and be my disciples.” (Jn 15,8). It is therefore a characteristic of a disciple to overflow with life and communion with the world around him.

 Therefore, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to be pruned of ideas and actions that put us in vicious circles and confront us with the world, with our brothers and sisters and with ourselves. We need to cultivate new positive thoughts about life, society and our relationship with nature. Otherwise, we will continue to fall prey to the consumerist paradigm that is transmitted by the media and through the efficient gears of the market (cf. LS 216). Such a paradigm attracts us powerfully but robs us of peace, confronts us with others and with our world. In short, it cuts off the lymph of divine life that runs through our veins. Let us stay attached to the true Vine who is Christ, the guarantee of abundant fruit and fullness of life to be shared.

Autora: Gladys De la Cruz Castañón HCJC
Catechist Sister of Jesus Crucified.
She has a degree in Catechetics and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Catechetics at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.
She is a member of the Diocesan Delegation of Catechesis in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Volunteer for the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Autora: Gladys De la Cruz Castañón HCJC
Catechist Sister of Jesus Crucified.
She has a degree in Catechetics and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Catechetics at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. She is a member of the Diocesan Delegation of Catechesis in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She also serves as a olunteer for the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

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