May 2 (Jn 15:1-8)

“Compatibility” is a term that is increasingly becoming a common word in our everyday vocabulary, thanks to the widespread usage of computers and mobiles.

Compatibility refers to the a state in which two things are able to exist or occur together without problems or conflict.

>> It is the capacity for two systems to work together, without having to be altered to do so.

Eg. A computer which has a Windows 98 Operating System (the very old version) will not be able to support many of the latest programs and softwares…

>> It is because of a “compatibility” issue.

Eg. A mobile, like the old Nokia 1100, without an Android-base, will not be able to have many of the new applications like WhatsApp or Viber etc…

>> It is because of a “compatibility” issue.

This compatibility issue can also appear in our spiritual life…

>> When we are not in proper terms with God, we fail to understand many of His plans for us.

>> When we are not in line with God’s Will, we lose out on grasping many of His aspirations for us

And that is why the Lord will tell, in today’s Gospel, “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!” (Jn 15:4b)

The modern trend is often to “do things by one’s own capability!”

With the advancement in science, technology and communication…

… human beings seems to be becoming more and more independent and self-reliant.

This tendency, however, also hampers a Christian’s understanding of God and His “undeniable” Role in the affairs of the world.

God is often forgotten and sidelined…

… when there is economic prosperity!

… when there is abundance of luxury and comfort!

.. when there is a “false sense” of surety that “all is well” in life!

But when such “materialistic comforts” are lost…

… people rush to God and “cry out for His Favour!”

The Lord, however, in today’s Gospel clearly points out…

… that “unless we remain in Him, we can never be truly successful!”

God is the only Foundation on which can be built the Towers of Success!

>> God is the only Compass that can lead to the proper destination of Joy in the journey of life!

This “remaining in Him” requires “Compatibility!”

Are we ready to be “compatible” with the Ways and Commandments of God?

Very often our life is not “compatible” with the requirements of Jesus, and His Gospel!

• Our thought-pattern often fails to be “compatible” with the teachings of the Church….

• Our relationship with others, often fails to be “compatible” with the command of love of all…

• Our personal following of Jesus, often fails to be “compatible” with our dual mind of seeking also the pleasures of this world….

A great deal of “incompatibility” is often experienced by us, in the spiritual realm.

• Let us seek to “update” our lives with the love and power of the Holy Spirit.

• Let us pledge to “upgrade” our lifestyles with the convictions and truths of the Holy Gospel.

Let us thirst for Him.

>> Let us long for Him.

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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