5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The Vine and the Branches
This weekend’s Word of God concerns the vitality of the Christian Community (the Church). The gospel uses an old imagery from the Prophet Isaiah, the vine (5:1-7). In Psalm 80:9-16, the vine refers to Israel, and God is the vine-grower.
In today’s gospel passage, Saint John, the evangelist, also sees God as the vine-grower. Jesus is the Vine and the followers of Jesus (disciples or members of the Christian Community), are the branches. The evangelist puts these words into the mouth of Jesus, who uses the imagery of the vine to talk about the web of interrelationships: First, between the vine and the vine-grower (Jesus and the Father). Second, between the branches and the vine-grower who prunes them (the disciples and the Father), and then, between the vine and its branches (Jesus and his disciples). Continue reading “Letter from the Pastor”