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The life of a disciple is one of grafting and drawing closer PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 03 May 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

All who live in me, and I in them, bear much fruit

The vine was another of Jesus’ favourite images for himself and he uses it to help his disciples understand the closeness of their relationship. They were not simply rabbi and disciples but their lives were mutually dependent - as close as a vine and its branches.

Pruning the branches

To produce fruit true to type, a vine is grafted onto a strong rootstock - two plants, in effect become one. The rootstock goes deep into the ground drawing up the nutrients the plant needs. In their turn, the branches grow from the main plant and break into leaf and tendril. The problem is that, left to themselves, the branches will grow and grow... this may be a joy to watch and a fine example of exuberant growth but it is, unfortunately, at the expense of any grapes that may be trying to grow on the vine. The plant is so busy sending energy to the farthest reaches of the branches that the poor grapes get bypassed!

So, it is necessary for the vine-dresser to curb the branches’ enthusiasm: the branches are pruned back almost to the grapes so that the energy is channelled into fruitfulness and not into foliage! At the same time, any branches not bearing fruit are removed - again so that the plant’s energy is directed to its fruit.

Excerpt from Wellspring of Scripture

Wings of lovePentecost Prayer

Saturday 23 May 2015, 8:00pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Pentecost Prayer at:

Richmond Uniting Church
304 - 314 Church Street
Richmond