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Fifth Sunday of Easter: Bearing Fruit in Love

Fifth Sunday of Easter: Bearing Fruit in Love

This Eucharistic Meditation is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

THE GRACE I SEEK: to remain always in Jesus


Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that, at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child. Rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to love others so that I may always remain in you.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“And his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 3:23–24)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

Today’s world seems to be filled with violence and hatred. However, Jesus calls us to love radically; in fact, John tells us that he commands it. We can be assured we remain in Jesus if we follow his command to love. Think of one person you are struggling to love right now. Ask Jesus how he is inviting you to make a concrete act of love for them. Ask him for the courage and strength to carry this act out.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow these words to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this meditation.

“‘Remain in me, as I remain in you. 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. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.’” (John 15:4–5)


In order to love as Jesus loves, we must stay united to him. His love must flow in our veins; we must allow him to dwell within us. Is there an area of your heart that you have kept hidden from the Lord? Why have you not allowed his love to reach this place? Discuss this with him, allowing his loving presence in the Eucharist to comfort you there.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect, Fifth Sunday of Easter)


At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. This Sunday, offer your desire to remain united to him, to love as he loves.


In each of our lives, there are people we know longing to be loved. Maybe they have made choices that have pushed others away; maybe they pretend to not want anyone else. However, every human heart at its very core is thirsting desperately for love. Who is the first person who comes to your mind when you read this? Make it a goal this week to show them one concrete act of love—maybe a phone call, a letter, a hug, or just a smile and word of encouragement when you see them. Let the Holy Spirit lead!

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