Fifth Sunday of Easter
John 15:1-8
We derive our spiritual life from Jesus Christ, the Vine; but our lives are sustained through our being connected with one another. Thomas Merton insisted: “No one enters heaven all by herself/himself. We reach God through a community, through one another.” Karl Rahner put it startlingly: “Unique individuals as we are, we are loved by God only because we belong to all others and because they belong to us.”