Reflection for Wednesday, May 24, 2000: 5th week in Easter.

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Alexander, Andy, S.J.
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2000-05-24
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Dear Lord, Jesus, I am so grateful for this word this morning. You are the vine. I am a branch. Apart from you, I can do nothing.||You remind me today that when I feel "dry and withered" and able to "do nothing," it's because I'm trying to do it "apart from" you. Those times really feel dis-connected. It seems so clear this morning. I try to take myself, as a branch, to this place and that person and try to "bear fruit" and am disappointed when the fruit doesn't come, or I get angry if the fruit turns out to be "unjuicy" or even "bitter." On the very worst days, Lord, you must smile at my arrogance, knowing that I pull away because I think I can produce better fruit on my own.|Oh, please prune and heal my independence and stubborn self-reliance. Let me make my home in you, as you make yours in me. Let this dry and drooping branch be re-freshed today. Help me stay connected today. Send your life coursing through me. I so want the fruit I bear to be full of your life. That's how I want my "yield" to increase. And, down deep inside, I want people to taste the difference of fruit that is full of your life.|You living in me, me living in you, this is what I ask. Gratefully, humbly, with more trust. Feeling the reviving juice already.
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University Ministry, Creighton University.
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