April 27, 2016
Bound in Love
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.
I recently attended Mass at a local convent where a sister was making her final professions of vows. My sons were altar serving. It was a moving and powerful liturgy.
During his homily, the bishop referred to American writer Flannery O'Connor, who had said that she used strong and even grotesque imagery in her fiction because readers needed to be shouted at in order to even begin to understand the workings of sin and grace.
Vowed religious life, the bishop said, is also a radical sign of grace and mercy. He said that the heart of a religious is bound in love to "the poor Christ, the chaste Christ, the obedient Christ."
I am not a vowed religious, but the words are no less powerful for me. He is the vine; I am one of countless branches. I pray the fruit I bear to the world tastes of humility and love.
Jesus, without you, I can do nothing.
- Amy Welborn
Acts 15:1-6|Psalm 122:1-5|John 15:1-8