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En Español - "Somos sarmientos de la única vid", el Papa durante el Regina Coeli

Pope: Bear the fruits of membership in Christ and the Church

Publish date: Monday, May 4, 2015

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(Vatican Radio) On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about Jesus' parable of the vine and the branches - Jesus is the true vine, and we are the branches, dependent on Him. Through this parable, "Jesus wants us to understand the importance of remaining united to Him." What is this new way, the Pope asked? Although Jesus is no longer with us as He was with the Disciples, we are able to remain united with Christ "in vital communion" through the Church.

“Jesus is the vine,” Pope Francis continued, “and through Him, the very love of God passes” to us “the branches”:

“The branches are not self-sufficient, but depend totally on the vine, in which is found the source of their life. So it is with us Christians. Grafted by Baptism in Christ, we have freely received from Him the gift of new life; and we are able to remain in vital communion with Christ.”

Those are "intimately united to Christ" are filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. "The fruits of this profound communion are wonderful," the Pope said. Our whole being is "transformed thanks to the grace of the Spirit: our souls, our understanding, our will, our affections, even our bodies." United with Christ, His life becomes our own, and we are able "to think like Him, to act like Him, to see the world and the things in it with the eyes of Jesus." And so we are able to love our brothers, "especially the poorest and those who suffer the most," with the Heart of Jesus, and so bear fruits of goodness, charity, and peace in this world."

Each one of us, Pope Francis said, is a branch of the one vine that is Jesus; and all of us together are called to bear the fruits of this common membership in Christ and in the Church." The Holy Father concluded his remarks with the prayer that we might entrust ourselves to the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary "so that we might be able to be living branches in the Church and witness to our faith in a coherent manner, knowing that all of us, according to our particular vocations, participate in the one saving mission of Jesus Christ, the Lord."

Following the prayer of the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis recalled the beatification on Saturday of Blessed Luigi Bordino, a consecrated layman of the Congregation of the Brothers of Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo. “He dedicated his life to the sick and suffering,” the Pope said, “and spent it tirelessly in favour of the poor, medicating and washing their wounds. Let us give thanks to the Lord for this His humble and generous disciple.”

The Holy Father also had a special greeting for the Méter Association, on the Day for Child Victims of Violence, thanking them for their “commitment to preventing these crimes. We must all commit ourselves so that every human person, and especially children, might always be defended and protected.”

Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis' remarks during the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday:

Dear brothers and sisters, good day!

The Gospel of today shows us Jesus during the Last Supper, in the moment He knows His death is close at hand. His ‘hour’ has come. For the last time He is with His disciples, and now He wants to impress firmly in their minds a fundamental truth: even when He will no longer be physically present in the midst of them, they will still be able to remain united to Him in a new way, and so bear much fruit. And we can be united to Jesus in a new way. And what is this way? If, on the contrary, one should lose this union with Him, this communion with Him, he would become sterile, or rather, harmful to the community. What is this new way? And to express this reality, Jesus uses the image of the vine and the branches, and He says: “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.” And with this figure He teaches us to remain in Him, to be united to Him, even though He is not physically present.

Jesus is the vine, and through Him – like the sap in the tree – the very love of God, the Holy Spirit passes to the branches. Look: we are the branches, and through this parable, Jesus wants us to make us understand the importance of remaining united to him. The branches are not self-sufficient, but depend totally on the vine, in which is found the source of their life. So it is with us Christians. Grafted by Baptism in Christ, we have freely received from Him the gift of new life; and we are able to remain in vital communion with Christ. We must remain faithful to [our] Baptism, and grow in friendship with the Lord through prayer, daily prayer,  listening and docility to His Word, reading the Gospel, participation in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation.

Is one is intimately united to Jesus, he enjoys the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are – as Saint Paul tells us – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22). And these are the gifts that come to us if we remain united to Jesus. And consequently, a person who is thus united does so much good for the neighbor and the society, he is a Christian person. In fact, by this attitude you can recognize if someone is a true Christian, as a tree is recognized by its fruit. The fruits of this profound union with Christ are wonderful: our whole person is transformed by the grace of the Spirit: [our] soul, understanding, will, affections, and even [our] body, because we are united body and soul. We receive a new way of being, the life of Christ becomes our own: we are able to think like Him, to act like Him, to see the world and the things in it with the eyes of Jesus. And so we are able to love our brothers, beginning with the poorest and those who suffer the most, as He has done, and to love them with His heart, and so bear fruits of goodness, of charity, and of peace in the world.

Each one of us is a branch of the one vine; and all of us together are called to bear the fruits of this common membership in Christ and in the Church. Let us entrust ourselves to the Virgin Mary, so that we might be able to be living branches in the Church and witness to our faith in a coherent manner, a real coherence of life and of thought, of life and of faith, knowing that all of us, according to our particular vocations, participate in the one saving mission of Christ.

(from Vatican Radio)

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Español

"Somos sarmientos de la única vid", el Papa durante el Regina Coeli

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(RV).- El Papa Francisco a la hora de la oración del Regina Coeli en este primer domingo de mayo, recordó a los fieles que gracias a la Iglesia podemos continuar en comunión vital con Cristo. El Santo Padre explicó como el Evangelio de hoy nos presenta a Jesús durante la Última Cena, cuando sabe que su “hora” está cerca, y que sus discípulos estarán unidos a Él de “una forma nueva”. Y así habló de cómo Jesús usa la imagen de la vid y de los sarmientos: “Permanezcan en mí, como yo permanezco en ustedes. Así como el sarmiento no puede dar fruto si no permanece en la vid, tampoco ustedes, si no permanecen en mí” (Jn 15, 4-5).

Añadió el Obispo de Roma que Jesús nos quiere hacer entender la importancia que tiene para nosotros cristianos, el hecho de estar unidos a Él, que hemos recibido de Él gratuitamente el don de la nueva vida, y gracias a la Iglesia podemos continuar en comunión vital con Cristo. Y así, recordó que estamos llamados a llevar esta permanencia común a Cristo y a la Iglesia.

El Pontífice después de la oración mariana saludó a los cientos de miles de peregrinos venidos también de diferentes partes del mundo, y especialmente en la Jornada de los niños víctimas de la violencia, agradeció a la Asociación Méter por su empeño ante la prevención de estos crímenes.

Palabras del Papa antes del rezo de Regina Coeli

Queridos hermanos y hermanas, ¡buenos días!

El Evangelio de hoy nos presenta a Jesús durante la Última Cena, en el momento en el que sabe que la muerte está ya cercana. Ha llegado su “hora”. Por última vez Él está con sus discípulos, y entonces quiere imprimir bien en sus mentes una verdad fundamental: también cuando Él no estará más físicamente en medio a ellos, podrán permanecer aún unidos a Él de una manera nueva, y así dar mucho fruto. Todos podemos permanecer unidos a Jesús de manera nueva. Si por el contrario uno perdiese la comunión con Él, se volvería estéril, es más, dañino para la comunidad. Y para expresar esta realidad Jesús usa la imagen de la vid y de los sarmientos: «Así como el sarmiento no puede dar fruto si no permanece en la vid, tampoco ustedes, si no permanecen en mí. Yo soy la vid, ustedes los sarmientos» (Jn 15, 4-5). Y con esta figura nos enseña a permanecer unidos a Él.

Jesús es la vid, y a través de Él – como la linfa en el árbol – pasa a los sarmientos el amor mismo de Dios, el Espíritu Santo.  Precisamente: nosotros somos los sarmientos, y a través de esta parábola Jesús quiere hacernos entender la importancia de permanecer unidos a Él. Los sarmientos no son autosuficientes, sino dependen totalmente de la vid, en donde se encuentra la fuente de su vida. Es así para nosotros cristianos. Injertados en Cristo con el Bautismo, hemos recibido gratuitamente de Él el don de la vida nueva; y gracias a la Iglesia podemos permanecer en comunión vital con Cristo. Es necesario mantenerse fieles al Bautismo, y crecer en la amistad con el Señor mediante la oración, la escucha y la docilidad a su Palabra, leer el Evangelio, la participación a los Sacramentos, especialmente a la Eucaristía y a la Reconciliación.

Si uno está íntimamente unido a Jesús, goza de los dones del Espíritu Santo, que – como nos dice san Pablo – son «amor, alegría y paz, magnanimidad, afabilidad, bondad y confianza, mansedumbre y temperancia» (Gal 5,22); y en consecuencia hace tanto bien al prójimo y a la sociedad, como un verdadero cristiano. De estas actitudes, de hecho, se reconoce que uno es un verdadero cristiano, así como por los frutos se reconoce al árbol. Los frutos de esta unión profunda con Jesús son maravillosos: toda nuestra persona es trasformada por la gracia del Espíritu: alma, inteligencia, voluntad, afectos, y también el cuerpo, porque somos unidad de espíritu y cuerpo. Recibimos un nuevo modo de ser, la vida de Cristo se convierte también en la nuestra: podemos pensar como Él, actuar como Él, ver el mundo y las cosas con los ojos de Jesús. Entonces, con su corazón, como Él lo ha hecho, podemos amar a nuestros hermanos, a partir de los más pobres y sufrientes, y así dar al mundo frutos de bondad, de caridad y de paz.

Cada uno de nosotros es un sarmiento de la única vid; y todos juntos estamos llamados a llevar los frutos de esta pertenencia común a Cristo y a la Iglesia. Confiémonos a la intercesión de la Virgen María, para que podamos ser sarmientos vivos en la Iglesia y testimoniar de manera coherente nuestra fe, coherencia de vida y de pensamiento. De vida y de fe. Conscientes que todos, según nuestras vocaciones particulares, participamos de la única misión salvífica de Jesucristo.      

(Raúl Cabrera, Radio Vaticano)

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