”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 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. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Food for Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Gospel writer John describes the relationship between God (the vinegrower) and the people (the vines). Think about this image. What do you think are some of the key elements of this image? Vinegrowers spend a great deal of time watering, caring for, planting, plucking, worrying and taking care of the vines. God, likewise, shows us the same kind of loving care. Think of a time in your life where God has lovingly watched over you. It may have been through a friend, an acquaintance, a doctor, etc…
God, you sent your Son into the world that we might live through him. May we abide in his risen life
so that we may bear the fruit of love for one another and know the fullness of joy. Amen.