Wednesday 1 May 2024

About Today Readings

St Joseph the Worker

Acts 15:1-6. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord – Psalm 121(122):1-5. John 15:1-8.

Cut off from me, you can do nothing

Late last year the World Health Organization declared loneliness to be a pressing global health threat and launched an international commission on the problem. Covid exacerbated loneliness because of the halt it put to economic and social activity, but there has also been increasing awareness of the importance of the issue. The health risks of loneliness have been equated to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Being cut off from others harms our health; being cut off from God is even more damaging.

The imagery in today’s Gospel is clear – ‘cut off from me, you can do nothing’ . . . ‘Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers’. But ‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it’. We pray to remain close to God.

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