Remain in Me
Let's unpack this.
Remaining “with” someone still keeps me separate from that someone—I’m here and God’s there and Father Holway’s there… And because there is that separation, I don't possess the totally of what it is to BE that someone else. So, for example, with Father Holway, when I remained with him, I felt compassion for him, I felt empathy, but I was not the one needing the morphine. I was with him, but not in him.
The Vine, the Branches, ... and the Sap
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
This is because the commandments are connected to union. So, in the case of Sunday Mass, Jesus is calling His people to union with Him in Holy Communion, but His people have chosen other things to do on His Sabbath. And so they skip. Or they leave early. Or they receive and go off to "more important things."
is from the Spirit he gave us.
we should pause and examine how we receive communion, examine whether we are
simply visiting or actually remaining in Jesus such that our lives are changing
and bearing good fruit.
People who leave Mass early without an emergency, I will be quite frank: you have no union! People who are in a hurry: you have no union! You are the rocky soil, the trodden path, that will bear no fruit! This is why your lives have not changed.
This is an Emergency
Because, as you might now notice: this isn't just about communion with God, it is also about communion with each other. Community, after all, requires communion.