Today’s Gospel proclamation gives an imagery of a Vine and a Vine grower. In this narrative our lives are likened to the Vine, which has to bear fruit in due time and season. The heavenly Father is portrayed in the role of the Vine dresser, who breaks the branches that do not bear fruit or prunes the Vine in order to cultivate a branch that bears more fruit. Hence, we are reminded very prudently, that the only way to bear fruit in our lives is to remain in the Lord and have His Word in our hearts and minds, which will make us disciples. We are reminded that if we do not have the Lord in us, we can do nothing. We will be like the branch that is thrown out and withers. Therefore, today let us ask ourselves, “Do I have the Holy Word sunk into my heart, that I could be a vessel that would carry our Lord and His spirit to the world? Is my life another life-generating, fruit-bearing Vine for the glory of our Lord? Are we open and flexible enough to this call of our Master, to make more disciples in the world, by bearing fruit that will last?
Prayer: Abba Father, make me a fruitful vine, to bear your word in my thoughts, words and deeds for your glory. Amen.