Standing in the Stream

Without Me You Can Do Nothing: 5th Sunday of Easter

by Father Brian J. Soliven on Sunday May 2, 2021

Have you ever felt the desire to stop practicing your faith, to drift quietly away from the Lord like a dried leaf that falls into a running stream, only to be whisked away by the humdrum muddle that makes up our lives? Every Christian has, if we're honest. It may not even be a conscious decision but simply begins as a small act, maybe a white lie, a postponed prayer here or there that never happens, or one Sunday Mass missed; it begins as a trickle but suddenly metastasizes into a tsunami. To us, therefore, weak in the flesh,  Jesus reminds us powerfully in the Gospel reading this Sunday: "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing." -John 15:5