I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.-John 15:16
Today’s gospel reflection is taken from the antiphon before today’s Gospel reading. Jesus makes a very direct point and simply says “Go and bear fruit that will last”. It seems so easy, and yet so complicated at the same time. To bear fruit you have to start with a seed. In its journey to become fruit the seed go through various stages. As a seedling it pushes through the dirt towards the sun, it relies on the rain and the sun to nourish it to maturing, and when the time is right it brings forth fruit to bring nourishment to the recipient.
In the Christian life we look to the Son, Jesus, and he provides nourishment through his scripture and the church. Scripture says that all of us have a gift that can help with the mission of the church. Some are given the gift of teaching, administration, leadership, mercy, etc. Each gift is vital and needed to fulfill the mission of the church. Are we being faithful in this mission? Using this gift is fruit that will last. It lasts because it spreads the Gospel and helps teach the next generation that will pass it on.
He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows. –St. Gregory of Nissa