READINGS for 2007-05-09
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.” – John 15:7
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Esther 6-7
WHAT KIND OF GRAPE AM I?
When Jesus taught, He never bored his listeners with abstract philosophical and theological theories. He took images from the Hebrew Bible, so familiar to His audience, and from the world around them so they could easily understand the point he was making. People in Palestine, as in other Mediterranean countries, drank a lot of wine. It was what for us is Coke and Sprite. Vineyards were everywhere. During summer, they impress with their lush green leaves; in autumn, they overwhelm with their golden foliage. But during winter and spring, it seems nothing of the vine is left because the vinedresser has cut off all branches except a few. This is done to guarantee more and bigger grapes. Jesus used this image to tell us that such pruning has also to be done in our lives. Many children today demand, “I want this; I want that.” Or they complain easily, “I don’t want this.” Here pruning by the parents is necessary, otherwise they become spoiled brats. But why focus on children? Are we adults not also tempted to get what we want and reject what does not fit in our plans?
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