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I Am the Vine

Our Gospel this past Sunday was one of my favorites… “I am the vine and you are the branches.”  Click HERE to take a quick read… take your time and immerse yourself in the symbolism.

Great huh?

You Are the Branches

One of the great themes in this reading is connection.  God’s connection to us… our connection to God… our connection to other people.  The vine and the branch is a great visual for us to imagine the Body of Christ.

I come to the picture of a thick, stalky vine… like a tree trunk but also like a grape vine growing up from the ground.  In my mind, the vine is more wild and free than a tree but thicker and sturdier than a grape plant.

The branches shoot off from the home part of the plant in all directions… and I think of that fragile tendril at the end reaching and searching for the next solid place to cling to… much like the animators’ creations in Disney’s Fantasia movie.

The seeking part is what intrigues me.  How does the branch know where to go?  How does it decide when to make a new blossom or a new leaf?  How does it know when to make a grape?

It’s Connected to the Source

The branch knows all it needs to know because it is connected to the source… to the vine.  As long as the branch stays connected to the vine, there will be new blossoms, new leaves and new grapes.

There is a powerful message in that simple image for us.

When we as branches… stay connected to God as the vine… we will blossom and grow and produce fruit.

How to Stay Connected

Pray.  Love and serve one another.  Be a disciple.

Go be a branch today!

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About Monique Jacobs

Director of Faith Formation at Catholic Diocese of Reno; I believe in the connectedness of all people and take joy in my faith. I'm always looking at what else God has in store and where the next invitation to growth will come from.

Posted on May 9, 2012, in Easter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Elaine, it is truly a beautiful gospel. Father Joseph at St. Rose of Lima gave an outstanding homily this past Sunday. In particular, he reminded us that a branch cannot grow its own fruit. Yes, we must be connected. And, when God provides us the fruit He expects us to use the fruit for others. A joyous thought!

    • Elaine Menardi

      Thanks Karen! And thanks Fr. Joseph! Connection is the heart of the spiritual life… we stay connected so we can bear fruit. Thanks for being connected here!

      Peace and Easter joy to you and your family :)

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