As the sun warms the earth and the daffodils push their way through the firm, cold soil, we look forward to getting out in the yard and preparing our lawns and gardens once again to provide us food and bloom and beauty. One of the first things we do in the spring is bring out the pruning shears to trim the rose bushes, the hedges, the fruit trees and shrubs. We cut away the spent and dead branches in an effort to enhance the health of the plant; to assist in shaping it to be the best it can be by God’s design.
This is the same process that Jesus calls us to in John’s Gospel this week. Jesus speaks a parable of the vine and branches and of the necessity to cut away all that is dead and of no use. He speaks how he is the “true vine” and his Father, the vine grower and assures us that we are already pruned because of the word he has spoken to us. Our pruning is complete in Jesus Christ! If we remain in him, we will flourish, we will become like the plant that is pruned; the best we can be by God’s design. We need only to stay connected to Jesus.
This pruning is a call to discipleship for in the pruning we blossom into Christians, called through our baptism to remain firmly connected to Jesus Christ as we go out to love and serve God and God’s people. We have been gifted with all we need to become loving and caring disciples of Jesus Christ.
Discipleship is not easy, just as it is not easy for the daffodil to push through the cold half-frozen soil to reach the light and the warmth of the sun that feeds it and allows it to bloom. Jesus is our light; that who gives us strength and nurtures us. And like the daffodil to the sun, we are drawn to Christ that we might grow and bloom into the person God intended we be.
Let us rejoice this Easter Season in the gift of the True Vine; the Risen Christ.
Have a wonderful week!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC