Gospel of 23rd July 2020 - John 15:1-8
Jesus said to his disciples:
'I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away - he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it. It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.'
Reflection on the Environmental Art Sculpture
Born in Oklahoma, Patrick Dougherty, the artist of our environmental sculpture installation, combines his carpentry skills with his deep love of nature. He integrates twigs, leaves, branches, vines, etc. into primitive techniques of building various organic shapes. The branches function as construction materials to build a solid structure. In our Gospel reading of today Jesus is also calling us to be His branches. Branches which are not just firmly rooted in Him, but also branches which will provide a solid life structure for ourselves.
Jesus uses the analogy of the vine and the branches to invite us to be fully united with Him. If we allow the life of the vine to fully grow and blossom within us, then we too will bear fruits of compassion, love and kindness… Christ living fully in us… and us living fully in Christ… Us making our home in Christ and Him making His home in us...
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