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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

5th Week of Easter 2024

Following years of service to the Catholic Church, George Cantin was awarded a papal blessing from the Vatican.

As most of you know, I recently returned from a trip overseas exploring Spain and Morocco with about 35 other people. Included in our group was Mr. George Cantin from Elizabethtown, a talented organist who has graciously filled in for our own Vaughn Watson on several occasions.

While away, George faced a predicament that, though small, speaks volumes about the importance of being prepared and connected.

He had brought his hearing aids, essential for him to fully engage with the world around him, but he forgot the power adapter that would work overseas. Without it, his ability to hear clearly was as good as gone after the battery drained.

Each night, needing to recharge his aids, George borrowed my adapter. This simple act of sharing a power source not only ensured that George could participate fully in our activities but also reminded me of a deeper, spiritual connection we all need to nurture.

As I reflected on George’s experience, I was struck by how similar it was to the spiritual message in today’s Gospel, where Jesus tells us, “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.”

Just as George’s hearing aids needed regular charging to function, we need a consistent connection to Christ to sustain our spiritual vitality.

Without Jesus, our source of power, we risk becoming like uncharged devices—unable to function as intended, isolated from our community and from God.

Thankfully, by sharing my adapter, I was also reminded of the importance of ensuring that I am fully “charged” myself. We must stay connected to our source—Christ—to share His love and power with others.

As we reflect on this passage from John’s Gospel, let's consider our own spiritual “adapters.”

Are we connected to Christ in a way that keeps us spiritually alive? Are we ensuring that our practices and prayers are keeping our faith charged?

Just like pruning unwanted branches helps a vine stay healthy, sometimes we need to prioritize our spiritual practices to keep our connection with God strong.

This might mean adjusting how we spend our time or finding ways to incorporate prayer and reflection into our daily routines.

If George’s hearing aids represent our faith, the adapter symbolizes our various religious practices—prayer, meditation, attending Mass—that connect us to Christ.

Without these, our faith can weaken; we might struggle to “hear” God’s voice amid the noise of everyday life.

As we go forth this week, let us reflect on what “adapters” we might need to ensure we are fully “charged” and can effectively listen to God.

Consider what might need pruning in your life to help you better connect with Christ, and remember to help others do the same by sharing your faith and your strength.

Let us pray for the awareness to check our spiritual battery levels and the humility to seek charge from our one true source—Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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