Sunday 28 April 2024

About Today Readings

5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 9:26-31. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people – Psalm 21(22):26-28, 30-32. 1 John 3:18-24. John 15:1-8.

I am the vine, you are the branches

We are gifted with many powerful images throughout the Easter readings. In today’s Gospel the metaphor of the vine is used and Jesus talks about how the vine is treated to bring forth good fruit. Such agricultural images are not as close to us as they were to Jesus’ followers but anyone who has a garden will understand. Pruning is an art and done properly it yields great results. Applying that metaphor to our own lives, we can reflect on times when we have been pruned. Illness, grief, misfortune, bullying, relationship dysfunction, struggles to fit in, failures at work or study; all these things can be viewed positively as pruning. There is not a puppet God who decides when to prune us, but if we can view the struggles as a way to strengthen ourselves and our relationships then our capacity to love can be greatly improved. We know that the life force that moves through the vine is the same that moves through us – Christ himself, present in all creation.

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