Very little seems more barren than pruned vines. I loved to see my daddy surreptitiously pick and savor ripe grapes in our convent vineyard. I did the same in the vineyards of Frascati in Italy during my thirty-day retreat there. Both, when lush with purple grapes, seemed to cry out in praise of God. Seeing their fruitfulness erased the memory of a pruned-back vineyard.
Today’s Scripture takes us to another level. Often pruned by the demands of living, we, by faithful kind acts and in unconditional love of others, bear fruit and glorify God. Clinging to Christ, we, the laden branch, become a daily Eucharist, blessed, broken, given.
Is this not worth any painful pruning?
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