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We are midway through the season of Easter. We have heard about Jesus' miraculous resurrection; His appearances to His apostles, His encouragement to all believers to be witnesses of His ministry, words, and miracles; engaging others to follow Him; hear His voice as our true Shepherd; and to be open to the many blessings present and yet to come. This grace—filled season of Easter is a continuation of Lent, encouraging us to deepen our relationship with Christ, and not to be afraid to proclaim Him to others.
Today, we hear one more example of how we can draw strength from Christ. He reminds us that He is the true vine and we are His branches . He is encouraging us to bloom wherever we go with joy, hope, enthusiasm, and energy. Unfortunately, there are some branches that take time to bloom. This is because they are filled with negativity, chaos, and divisiveness. These kind of branches need to be watered specially and nurtured with strict care. We pray that their growth will eventually catch up and be able to be part ofa beautiful vine, created by a loving God. We also begin the month in honor of the Blessed Mother. I encourage you to call upon her often and ask her to intercede for you. As a practice, over the course of your day, say at least three Hail Mary‘s, in honor of her. She will truly hear you and bless you.
Enjoy the rest of the season of Easter, and continue to thank Jesus for all He did, and continues to do, for you.
Almighty God, we are reminded through your servant Saint Cyprian, of your Spirit always within us and your Continued Presence in us, and of our oneness with You and the Church. May we always grow together and profess You in Faith, Unity, and Hope. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.