Sunday 29 April 2018

About Today Readings

Week I Psalter. Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Acts 9:26-31. Psalm 21(22):26-28, 30-32. 1 John 3:18-24. John 15:1-8.

I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people—Psalm 21(22):26-28, 30-32.

Jesus employs the metaphor of the vine and branches to describe the intimate relationship between himself and his followers.

Apart from the vine, a branch can do nothing but wither and die. So it is for our spiritual life if we fail to nurture our relationship with Christ. 

During winter, pruners cleanse the dead branches from vines to foster new growth in the coming season. As with any relationship, our relationship with Jesus can fluctuate like the seasons. Our hearts can grow cold for various reasons and we can enter a spiritual winter. Such times are ideal for cleansing, for letting go of those dead areas of our lives that fail to bear fruit.

God is ever present and ever inviting. And, like little children, we only to have cry aloud and God, our loving creator, is there.

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