Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.’
Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Easter
Vines are treasured for the fruit they bear. They are not an end in themselves.
We, however, have an ultimate value ourselves. And yet one of the signs of our value, in ourselves as it were, is the work that God does on us and with us to help us to be fruitful. He prunes and tends us that we may do the work of love – to our fulfilment, to his glory, and for the good of our neighbour!
- To what might the Lord be ready to apply the pruning sheers in your life?
- What will help you to submit/cooperate with him?
Tending the vine. Anglo-Saxon carving. British Museum. (c) 2017, Allen Morris