“Abide in me, as I abide in you…”

The gospel this coming Sunday is about vines that bear fruit – and the importance of being
grounded in the vine and bearing good fruit. Jesus describes himself as the vine, and his
followers, including us, as the branches that are to bear good fruit. As in any good agricultural
process, there is pruning involved, along with nurture and nourishment.

It requires faithfulness
and dedication to the task and to the relationship. He calls his followers and us to abide in him –
to stay close, to not wander away or be pulled away, but to remain in the relationship, in the vine
that brings new and fruitful life.

The best example of this ‘abiding” is spelled out for us in the First letter of John:

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God
and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was
revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live
through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the
atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one
another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is
perfected in us…” 1 John 4:7- 12

The whole passage from this letter, along with the other readings and the Psalm for this Sunday
may be found here: www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Easter/BEaster5_RCL.html

Let us pray:

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your
Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his
steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

Amen.

Peace and Blessing,

Carol++