Fifth Sunday of Easter – I am the Vine you are the Branches

Today’s Gospel reading is again taken from St. John’s gospel. Jesus speaks about his relationship to his disciples. He uses the metaphor of the vine and the branches. In doing so Jesus is referencing the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament. In the Hebrew Scriptures, Israel is the vineyard, and God himself tends the vineyard. One of the primary themes of St. John’s Gospel is to show Jesus to be the fulfilment of God’s promises to Israel.

In this passage, Jesus teaches his disciples that his relationship with them will not end after his death; he will remain with them always. This unity between Jesus and his disciples is the basis for their ability to continue to do the work that he began. We share in that unity as we draw close to Jesus each weekend at Mass, and each day in our private prayers.

Jesus also teaches his disciples about the importance of the words he has taught to them. Just as Jesus will remain in the disciples, so too will his words. We come to know Jesus through the Scriptures, the living Word of God. Our commitment to be Christ’s disciples is sustained through God’s Word. This commitment is also strengthened by our life of prayer and nourished by the Eucharist. Through the Eucharist, Jesus dwells in us, remains with us, and transforms us so that we might bear fruit in his name. May we be the bearers of the fruit of Jesus love to the world today.

MASS AT ST. TEILO’S

Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.

Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend. You can book for Masses for future weeks too and book for the Ascension Day Masses on Thursday week (May 13th).

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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