Jesus is the True Vine
The reading this week leaves me with the feeling that the first step on any journey of faith comes
with an acceptance that Jesus is the true vine, and we are the branches. Through telling of the
parable of the vine and its branches, the Lord Jesus told us that it is very important to establish a
proper relationship with God. The Lord compared us to the branches and compared Himself to the
vine. Our relationship with the Lord is like the relationship between vine branches and the vine.
Away from the vine, the branches will lose the supply of life, get withered and then die. It reminds me
of someone who comes to the faith either for the first time, or returns to the faith after a long time away.
Have you ever seen someone who goes through a spiritual awakening, and how they change over time? You see the
gradual movement of the Spirit within them, and eventually a full transformative experience follows. It may not be a
perfect analogy but when I speak about transubstantiation, I use the example of a personal transformation. When
someone comes to faith, after a period of time they become more Christ like and grow in their faith. It is very similar
to the Eucharist in the sense that the person doesn’t physically change; they look the same as before, but in their
substance or spirit, they are very different.
When we move throughout our life, it is important to keep in mind the true vine and to make sure we are attached to
the vine. As part of that process we prune the bad branches and in turn become better people, and come closer to our
Lord. From this we will bear much fruit.
God Bless You All, Deacon Danny