FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 2, 2021
EASTER SUNDAY 5
WORD of the DAY
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. (John 15: 5)
How shall I live this Word?
John 15 represents the third level of the Last Supper. He intervenes after chapter 14 with a leap, through a sort of break in the narrative thread (as John likes to do). Jesus, after the Washing of the Feet and arousing resistance… After giving the new commandment, with the general awareness of His apostles… After He announces that He is leaving and that He will dwell in His disciples. After these decisive steps, almost at a final ‘now’ point in the discourse (“Get up, let’s go!” 14:31), suddenly, He breaks into a powerful simile: “I am the vine, you my branches.” “I am”! It is a transcendent way of speaking because the speaker already expresses a reality in line with the Resurrection. This leap to the heart at the final moment of Jesus’ life with His own, guides us to grasp our deepest truth in the nakedness of all our frills: in reciprocity with Him, the Son given for all, we are one!
Lord Jesus, fruitful life on which the Father has grafted us, give us the lymph of your Spirit so that by loving one another with a pure heart, we may become the first fruits of the new humanity and bear the fruit of peace.
The Voice of U. V. Balthasar, Theologian
I am the vine, you are the branches. I am the root, the stump, the branch apparently clipped and twisted, but you are my flowers, my fruit. In long winter nights, I gather my energies from the dry rubble of the lean earth. I suck, drop by drop, the disgusting water, but under the storms of the year and the hurricanes of the sun, I push out branch after branch, I sweat my precious blood. I am the vine, you are the wine that I cry. What is your action if not maturation? Let my sap rise within you. You can contain the meaning of the earth within you, but only through me.
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