Bro. Ryan Recto
It is evident that Jesus always finds ways to reach with understanding to his disciples and other listeners in his preaching ministry. Today, Jesus uses the image of vine to explain our close relationship with him and with the Father. This particular good news shows how we will be participative in God’s kingdom. But what is it about the vine which becomes an example of Jesus’ desire for us to abide in him and to be fruitful? In what does a vine help us understand about being a disciple of Jesus?
While reading the Gospel, we might consider that perhaps a majority of Jesus’ listeners were farmers. Maybe the people were familiar with the production of wine which comes from the grapes of the vine. This could be one reason why Jesus uses the vine as an example. A vine is a kind plant that has very long stalk and that grows on trellises. The work of the vinegrower, whom Jesus identifies as the Father, is to cultivate the vines and trim it so that it will grow and bear fruit.
Jesus invites us to abide him because he is the true vine and we are the branches where fruits will sprout. Through Jesus, not on our own, we will be able to participate in God’s Kingdom by sharing the fruit which originates in the love of Jesus towards others. We are automatically related to God not only because he is our creator but also he is the source of love which gives us strength, courage and provides all our needs as disciples of Jesus.
Indeed, being Jesus’s disciples, we need to give our full trust and cooperation through abiding in him. If this will happen, we will be fruitful branches of the true vine that shares the fruits of God’s love in service to others. It is important to remind people that our participation to God’s Kingdom is our responding to live in the relationship with God which He intiated since the beginning. God never wants us to be cut off, burned and separated with the true vine. Rather, we need to continue to abide in Jesus and our bearing fruit gives glory to the Father. Let us continue to acknowledge the graces we have received and to share the blessings we have with others.