Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Magic Faraway Tree

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister (No.115)

A reading from the holy gospel according to John (15:5)
' I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.'

Climbing Trees 

As a child I was an avid reader. I particularly loved The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. It tells the tale of three children who climb a tree to find all sorts of magical lands in the clouds at the top, some exciting, and others scary, some memorable, and others they would rather forget.

This seems a good analogy for our life journey, for just like the children who climbed the tree experienced life and learned many things in the midst of their adventures, Jesus has many things that he wants us to see and experience.

They may not be magical lands, but they will nevertheless lead to adventures we could barely dream of.

There is a difference though, we do not climb the tree each day and then leave and go home like the children did. Instead, Jesus calls us to stay connected to the tree, or the vine in every moment, for apart from him we can do nothing.

It is by staying close to him through the exciting and scary moments, as well as the memorable times and those we would rather forget that we are really able to enjoy the adventure that is life.

What places of adventure have you experienced with Jesus?  

Are there ways can you be more strongly connected to the true vine?

Photo by C.Timpani
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Malcolm Davies  Friday 8th May, 2015