(Jn 15: 1-8)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
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.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
Pruning is a good agricultural practice. You take something that is not helpful from a plan in order for it to direct its vigor on those that can give better returns. This means that not all growth facilitates fruitfulness. It may just be a distraction that has no value in the end. It just takes precious resources without giving a favorable return. We too are exhorted to practice “pruning” in our daily life. For Jesus Christ images us as His branches. He is the source of our fecundity. Grafted in Him, we cannot help but lead fruitful lives.
But in time, we sometimes become complacent. The God given sustenance for a fruitful life is not used for it purpose. We become a lifeless, useless appendage of the vine who is Jesus Himself. This is where become candidates for pruning. We feel the pain but this is a transformative pain. It is necessary to jumpstart our being productive. As long as we remain with Jesus, our fruitfulness is guaranteed.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF
May God help me to love the life I have received in You so that I may always be united to You, diligent and earnest to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, to read and meditate on the Word of God so that the Word purifies myself and my life.
Lord, just for wanting me to live, You invite me to remain in You. I feel the great love of God for me. May I always be worthy live up to the merciful of God. Amen.