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At One With Reality

By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples
John 15:1-8

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Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 15:8

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Jesus identified Himself to us, in today's Gospel Lesson, as our only Source of power to achieve wholeness of life. Without Him we are powerless to fulfill our human potential. "Apart from Me, you can do nothing" are Jesus' exact words.

He asks us to believe in him. He asks us to repent. He asks us to change. He asks us to make a once-and-for-all decision to get right with reality. He asks us to begin seeing ourselves in an entirely new light. He asks us to begin living our life in a whole new way.

There is nothing more important than being right with reality. In psychiatric language, A person who is "disoriented from reality" is a person in serious trouble. A person who tries to grow pineapples on the North Pole is doomed to failure because he or she is out of touch with reality. In asking us to make that "once-and-for-all decision," Jesus is trying to put us in touch with the reality of our right relationship with God and with each other.

The first thing Christ wants of us, the first thing we must do to be right with reality, is to live in faith. We cannot be right with God merely by keeping the letter of the law. We cannot be right with God simply by disciplining ourselves. We cannot be right with God just by being as good as the next person. We can be right with God only by faith. which is to say that we must live in the constant conviction that God is good.

Genuine faith involves an all-out attitude of reliance on God's goodness. It may be compared to a child's absolute trust in a wise, generous, loving father or mother. There is a world of difference in attitude, not to mention output, between a son who does things for his father out of love and respect, and that of an employee who does things merely for pay, or out of fear that he may lose his job or not get a promotion. They may do the same things, but [...]

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