Father Stefan reflects on the reading for may 21 “I am the true vine”

Jesus says in the gospel, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15: 6)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria from a homily in the liturgy of the hours says, “The Lord call himself the vine and those united to him branches in order to teach us how much we shall benefit from our union with him, and how important it is for us to remain in his love. By receiving the Holy Spirit, who is the bond of union between us and Christ our Savior, those who are joined to him, as branches are to a vine, share in his own nature…He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him…From Christ and in Christ we are been reborn through the Spirit in order to bear the fruit of life; not the fruit of our old, sinful life but the fruit if a new life founded upon our faith in him and our love for him. Like branches growing from the vine, we now draw our life from Christ, and we cling to his holy commandments in order to preserve this life. Eager to safeguard the blessing of our noble birth, we are careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, and make us aware of God’s presence in us…Just as the truck of the vine gives its own natural properties to each of its branches, so by bestowing on them the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the only begotten Son of the Father, gives Christians a certain kinship with himself and with God the Father because they are united to him by faith and determination to do his will in all things.”

Just as the vine and branches share the same life energy. It is the same sap that flows through the vine and the branches. The sap is the Holy Spirit.  When we are joined to the vine we become one spirit with Jesus. The next time someone says, “you are such a sap.” Respond by sayings, “Yes the sap of the Holy Spirit is flowing in me.”  


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