Reflection on John 15:1-8 ~
When I walk through a forest in prayer, my heightened senses focus on avoiding stray branches in my path. Likewise, when I mow my lawn, I am concentrate on looking down. I get lashed all the time by the tall side growth on the edges, as they demand to be cut back. A self-lesson has surfaced; in faith-filled situations, I am aware of Christ’s presence correcting my deficiencies, but in other times, remembering He abides in me is more distant.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 15 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus the True Vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 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. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 15:1-8.