Devote a few moments to quiet reflection as you begin your retreat. Breathe deeply and know that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue your ministry.
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.
Without the vine, the branches would wither and die. When we realize that Jesus offers us an abundant and full life, we don't want to be separated from him. A life connected to Jesus means a life that loves more, forgives more, and gives more. Jesus is the life source that keeps us connected to him and to each other.
How can I recognize my connection to Jesus so that my life will bear fruit?
When am I tempted to "do it all myself" ?
(Speak to Jesus, using this prayer or one that you choose.)
Jesus, thank you for being the source of my spiritual life. Nourish me for the service of others.